Webicina.com is a comprehensive listing of internet medical resources. It was started by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, who is also known for his medical blog ScienceRoll.com, a site that is followed (or should be) by the majority of internet-savvy physicians. Webicina’s tag line is “Practicing Medicine in the web 2.0 era” and, true to its name, it now has an iPhone app, with an Android version to follow later this year.

The site Webicina.com is a very large directory, with resources for multiple specialties grouped into repeating categories: news, blog, podcast community, twitter, wiki, video, mobile phone, search engine, clinical cases & slideshow. It has entry points for physicians and “empowered” patients. Among the impressive features of the Webicina project is that it is available in 17 languages. The range of web based resources multiplied by the number of languages is encyclopedic.

All the above features and access to content are nicely transferred to the iPhone app.In fact, in many ways, discovery of content on the app is more inviting and accessible than on the web. This is interesting since there is no content on the iPhone app that is not available on the website. Perhaps it is because the navigational structure is more clearly hierarchal, or perhaps there are no other distracting visual cues. It is food for thought for those who worry that the “open” internet is being usurped by apps.

IMG_0238.PNGThe main subject headings are: Stem Cells, Anesthesiology, Bioinformatics, Cardiology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Genetics, Microbiology, Neurology, Nursing, Nutrition, Ob/Gyn, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharma. Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Public Health,Radiology, Rheumatology, Sexual Health, Surgery and Transplantation. Obviously, that is a large selection but there are still more subject headings to be developed. It is not clear what will happen to the app when new segments are added to the site.

As above, the main drawback to the app is that it can result in a sudden loss of free time. In the words of Dr. Ivor Kovic, (developer of the iPhone CPR cradle):

I can already see that I will be spending many hours exploring valuable new content on my phone using Webicina app, and if you want to stay on top of your game in your field, I strongly suggest you do the same.

We hope that this app will encourage even more physicians and trainees to access the broad array of on-line medical resources that is leading the way to “medicine 2.0”.