Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app as a pocket reference tool for medical professionals?
Many medical students and residents carry various mini-booklets in their pockets to reference while on the wards.
Many of these reference booklets, like Maxwell Quick Medical Reference, include basic information such as normal lab values, the glasgow coma scale, and sample notes.
The Medical Doctor app includes all of the information normally found in these reference booklets without taking up the extra space in your white coat pocket.
The history and physical section includes notes on what should be included within a normal history and physical exam as well as the CAGE questions, the glasgow coma scale and the mini mental status exam.
One great feature of this app is that it includes examples of heart and lung sounds which cannot be found in a physical booklet. This section of the app allows the user to listen to the sound and has an explanation of each sound as well. This section is great for medical students trying to determine if they are actually hearing murmurs when they do their physical exams.
This app also includes the general lab values such as the CBC, liver enzymes, and ABGs. It also includes additional information such as normal urinalysis, CSF and synovial findings which can be handy to have at your fingertips. Another benefit of this app is the breakdown of blood counts by age which can be helpful in pediatrics. The app also includes vaccination schedules.
The Medical Doctor app additionally includes various sample notes including progress notes, pre-op/post-operative notes, etc.
Evidence and literature used to support app:
- Includes all of the material found in the other common reference booklets
- Includes heart and lung sounds
- Includes pediatric vaccination schedules and lab values
- Some of the pages can be long and wordy; may be better off to split it into multiple sections
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:
- This can be a very useful app for medical students and residents
- The Medical Doctor Reference app is a great reference tool that can be a replacement for the usual reference booklets that many medical students and residents use. This app does not take extra space in the white coat and includes information such as heart sounds and other information which is not found in the traditional booklets.
- Compared to the traditional booklets that are used, this app is only missing the ACLS protocol which can be found online, but instead has a ton of additional useful information making this a great replacement.
Type of Device used to review app–iPhone 5
Version of App–2.0.2
Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4.5/5
- User Interface: 4/5 - Easy to use and navigate. Some pages can be wordy.
- Multimedia usage: 5/5 – Includes hearing sounds and lung sounds.
- Price: 4/5 – Compared to the price of the similar reference booklets or cards which cost around $10, this is cheaper, more convenient, and includes more information with the potential of being updated when needed.
- Real world applicability: 5/5 – This app could be used on a daily basis by medical students and residents.
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.