General Reference

When it comes to finding a one-stop-shop for all of your questions, few apps come close to Medscape by WebMD and MedPage Today. The breadth and depth of content in these free medical apps is impressive. The information provided is well-referenced, authorship is clear, and conflicts of interest are disclosed – all individually rare traits when it comes to medical applications. These apps cover everything from the most obscure of diseases to step-by-step guidance on placing an arterial line.

Additional resources included in these apps are CME activities, medical calculators, and a medical news section. Medscape and MedPage Today are not as comprehensive as UptoDate, but similar; the key difference being they are free.

In being free, though, we find components like “Information from Industry” in MedScape which provides sponsored content primarily from pharmaceutical companies – certainly not unexpected in a free app, particularly one of this caliber. More importantly, these types of content are clearly identified as sponsored – an important feature in a resource like this.

It should be noted that MedPage Today only recently went toe to toe with Medscape by adding a disease pathology section and drug monograph.  If you’ve downloaded MedPage Today in the past, but stopped using it, you’d be surprised by their mobile refresh over the past 6 months.

Medscape

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iMA prior review: The best free iPhone medical app comes to the iPad
iTunes: Medscape 

MedPage Today

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iMA prior review: MedPage today app puts breaking medical news in mobile form
iTunes: MedPage Today Mobile