Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece 

One of the most popular mobile devices amongst physicians is the iPad due to its powerful feature set combined with a great form factor.

This tutorial will show you how to optimize your iPad for medical use from the moment you first take it out of the box.

This following video will assume you have the following basic things set up:

  • You have an Apple account
  • You have completed the initial setup (as shown in the screenshot)
  • You are connected to a Wi-Fi network (as we are going to download a number of apps)

To recap:

@ the 1 minute mark — DropBox and Evernote
@ the 5 minute mark — medical specific apps
@ the 7 minute mark — News Stand app — for your medical journals
@ the 9 minute mark — PDF annotation and app to convert medical literature to PDF files
@ the 13 minute mark — creating home page icons for your favorite medical sites

  • Download the following apps (reference our top 10 iPad medical apps list)
    • Evernote
    • Dropbox
    • Medscape
    • PDF Converter
    • Papers
    • Epocrates
    • DrawMD
  • Browse for relevant journals and download eg BMJ
  • Adjust default settings
    • Add your email account
    • Turn off photostream
    • Adjust action of side switch
  • Setup a homescreen icon for easy access to PubMed and iMedicalApps

Overall, it is worth taking the time to set your new iPad up so that you can get the most out of it. The apps discussed here are a great place to start from and there are some truly fantastic medical apps out there to enhance your productivity. If you have any problems or questions then drop us a line in the comments.