The Wards 101 pocket app is a mobile medical reference app for residents and students. It is one of many medical apps developed by Borm Bruckmeier Publishing LLC, several of which have been reviewed on iMedicalapps previously, including lung cancer, Echocardiography and pediatric pocketcard apps.

User Interface

For the purpose of this review, lets say I am a 4th year medical student on my internal medicine rotation and my resident is doing an admission and wonders if our patient meets criteria for metabolic syndrome.

Tapping on the Wards 101 app, it opens to a brief intro page and then to the home screen.

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The home screen has 2 parts; an index on the left and viewing tab on the right. By default the home screen opens to the user guide listed on the right side. If you are using the left index side, the right half of the screen darkens. Tapping on the right side highlights it and you can switch to a fullscreen view, if needed, by tapping the small arrow in the middle of the screen.

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The user guide clearly explains the various buttons on the bar at the bottom of the screen and this bar is present at all times when using the app.

The left sided index has multiple ways of looking up information. You can browse the entire table of contents, search for a specific term or go to essentials, cardiology or interactive tools section with one tap. The imprint button brings up information about the app and developers.

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The settings button has options for icloud backup, changing font size and opting in or out of google analytics (disabled by default).

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The last row of icons from left to right have options for emailing feedback to the developers, emailing your friends to recommend the app, rate the app and go back to the last topic you viewed.

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Coming back to my resident’s question, the easiest and quickest way to lookup metabolic syndrome is to just type the first few letters into the search bar and a list of options comes up right away.

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Apart from internal medicine topics, the table of contents lists other app features such as interactive tools which contains various medical calculators and Essentials which has 10 different quick reference cards and algorithms for things such as ACLS, sepsis criteria, pain management etc.

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There are also sections on womens health and pregnanacy, pediatrics, normative lab values, psychiatry and statistics.

The appendix has sections on how to write notes, orders and medical abbreviations. There is also a list of free medical reference websites.

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Another nice feature is at the end of every section there are 5 board review-style questions to do and the answers are in the appendix section.

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Evidence and literature used to support the app
No clear references listed. That being said this is a mobile version of the Wards 101 pocket: Clinicians survival guide and references are listed in the book version.

Healthcare providers that would benefit from this app

  • Residents and medical students on clinical rotations
  • All residents and all medical students, especially those doing their internal medicine clerkships,  will benefit from this app.
  • Price
    • $9.99 on iOS and Android
    • Quick and easy to navigate
    • A wide variety of topics with in depth information
    • Physician authored
  • Dislikes
    • Would have liked references for the information and board review questions to be clearly listed
  • Overall

    Quick, easy to navigate and a great user interface make this an excellent medical app. The search functionality and amount of information contained is solid.  But due to the lack of clearly mentioned references and price, this app falls short of being a must-have app.

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  • Device Used For Review

    iPad mini with retina display

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