iMedicalApps last reviewed MD on Call way back in 2009 concluding “if you have ever needed a quick reference to learn on the fly or been stumped by a late night call while cross-covering and you are willing to spend a few dollars to avoid that feeling, you should consider this app“.
Since then this useful app has gone through a number of updates which have continued to broaden the scope and utility of this app.
MD On Call is designed to support junior doctors (aka Resident Physicians) on their first few night shifts.
It provides practical hands on information on a range of conditions helping residents quickly access clinically important knowledge.
Designed and developed by Messil Inc, MD On Call is aimed at junior doctors, residents and medical students who want a quick reference guide to common conditions. It is not designed to replace a textbook nor does it claim to do so. However, what MD On Call does really rather well is break down a wide range of topics into straightforward manageable pieces.
The range of conditions included is considerable and these are divided into five main categories.
Issues–This section contains detailed information related to frequent on call situations that you might be paged about.
Labs–This section contains information related to a range of biochemical abnormalities that you might be asked to manage.
ECG–This section contains descriptions of the different types of ECG abnormalities as well as points the user in the right direction to identify the cause.
Lines and Tubes–This section helps manage insertion/blocked/troubleshooting a range of lines and tubes such as catheters and central lines.
Misc–This section contains a wealth of other useful information such as suggestions on how to write orders for admission, “comfort measures only”, “on call” notes, OR and procedure notes. There is also a useful opiate conversion chart which is helpful for pain management.
The user interface is sleek and straightforward to use. MD On Call maximizes screen real estate by automatically hiding the navigation bars as you read. One strong point is the integration of MedCalc directly into the MD On Call app.
This is one of the first times we have ever seen a medical app link directly to another medical app and this opens a wealth of opportunities in the future.
Hopefully, we will see many future apps make these links, as at the end of the day, the quality of the user interaction is significantly increased. Other options which are common and useful include a ‘Recent’ tab and a ‘Search’ tab.
One of the most powerful updates to this app since we last reviewed it is the ability to add and store notes within the app. This is a blessing in disguise, as it is currently very challenging/near impossible to export the notes off. Nevertheless, it is useful to have the ability to add notes which are all collated under the ‘Notes’ tab visible from the home screen.
- Good range of case vignettes covering a wide range of material
- Smooth user interface which ensure information is found quickly
- Ability to annotate and add notes to each vignette
No evidence base included in the app to show that the information is correct
- No way to export notes
- MD On Call is a fantastic app for junior doctors and residents who want a handy safety net for when they are called to a range of common situations. The content included is not designed to replace expert medical knowledge; however, it does act as a useful safety checklist so that nothing is accidentally missed.
- Junior doctors
- Medical students
- User Interface: 4/5
- Multimedia Usage: 4/5
- Price: 4/5
- Real World Applicability: 5/5