Since 2007, the Department of Emergency medicine at the University of Maryland has been developing useful clinical pearls for Emergency Medicine, and has been making them available via their website: UMEM educational pearls.

The pearls contain high yield content with references attached. Here is a sample of one of their pearls from the website:

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Obviously — great content that was just waiting to be transformed into mobile form. I would not be doing justice to Maryland’s department without saying their collection of pearls is the stuff of legends. These educational pearls get widely distributed in the Emergency Medicine world and the department should be applauded for this effort.

The best thing Maryland has done is taken all of the old pearls and made them searchable by topic and even author, such as the following screen shot, where I searched for Cardiology by Amal Mattu:

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Here are some more screenshots of the app:

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  • Price
    • Free
    • Search function built in so that you can see pearls by topics, such as “airway”, “cardiac”, and several more.
    • Free
    • Can determine how long you want to sync images (enabling you to keep the app from getting too large in size)
    • Notifications when new content is uploaded
    • Content is referenced
  • Dislikes
    • Would like to see app optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 plus. These screen shots were taken with an iPhone 6 plus, and for an app that was just released, would have loved to see that optimization for clearer images.
  • Overall

    A fantastic app that every Emergency Medicine provider should download. This app is also useful for those who work urgent care and Family medicine.  The department of Emergency Medicine at Maryland should be applauded for this effort, and for making the app free to be utilized by all EM providers.  If this app would have been released just a bit sooner, it would have made our top 10 Emergency Medicine apps list.

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  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6 plus

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