We all have our favorite journals we follow in order to keep up to date with the latest medical literature. And while many journals have their own mobile versions, keeping up with each publication separately can be a tedious and time consuming task. We’ve reviewed several apps recently that can help you streamline that process, saving time and making you more efficient. Here we’ll share a few great resources we’ve come across that can help keep orthopedic surgeons up to date.

There are several great apps out there for keeping up with the journals you follow. Three good choices, all of which we’ve recently reviewed, are Read by QxMD, Docwise, and Docphin. All three give you feeds of your favorite orthopedic journals and you can also access and save full text PDFs of articles for open access publications. Plus, if you have institutional access you can enter your credentials in the app and get access to subscription journals as well. Here are a few differences that may help you pick between the three:

  • Read has the best annotating features for PDFs and the full-text PDFs are saved locally, annotations included.
  • Docphin integrates with Dropbox via the app and Evernote via the web; PDFs are saved on those services.
  • Docwise lets you follow the widest range of content, including mainstream media sites in addition to traditional journals.

There are also several orthopedic journals focused on topic reviews that have great apps for on-the-go access and review. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) has a great app for keeping up with their popular Reviews series. The app includes high quality images with a sharing function that lets you email those figures as well. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (CORR) also has a great app that lets you access their informative articles through a well-designed user interface. Both CORR and JBJS require either a personal or institutional subscription.

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There are several resources out there that cover orthopedics from a more journalistic perspective. One such resource is Healio’s Orthopaedics Today app, which is well designed and easy to use. MedPage Today is another great resource that gives you specialty-specific news as well. Medscape’s Pulse news app offers similar functionality. These are all great free apps, and while they don’t represent the most comprehensive coverage of orthopedics, they are useful to peruse when you’ve got a few minutes of down time.

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