Orthobullets.com is no longer just a web-based app for mobile users. The extremely popular and successful Orthobullets.com now has an orthopedic surgery medical app called Bullets*. Orthobullets has become one of the most popular websites for orthopaedic education. The site is written mainly by orthopaedic surgeons for orthopaedic surgeons but the content can be applicable to anyone learning about musculoskeletal issues. The multimedia features and short, to-the-point, bulleted, information have made learning about topics quick and easy. The website has had a page for several years noting that a medical app was “coming soon” and it’s finally here!
The Bullets* app opens requesting the user login and password — the medical app is free to download and to register. The Bullets* app then presents the topic page in a list format.
The user selects the topic of interest which then presents a more detailed sub-section list of topics. From this list, the user can pick the topic to view the orthobullets content on their mobile device. At any time, the user can select the magnifying glass at the top of the page to search for a different topic. The search function works very well and it’s nice having it on each page of the medical app.
Images present very well on the content pages. The bullets have the same content and format users have become accustomed to on the website, but the presentation is much easier to read on the orthopedic app. At the bottom of each content page, are options for the user to view the associated images directly or go straight to topic questions.
One of the great features of the orthopedic app is the QBank presentation. The web-based app made doing questions challenging because you had to constantly zoom in and out to read questions and to select answer choices. Similarly, progressing to the next question could take multiple clicks on a small mobile device screen. With the Bullets* app, the interface is much easier to use.
Also, the images are much easier to access and review on the Bullets* app compared to the web-based site. I especially liked being able to either access images and questions from the content page in the app, or by skipping to the sections at the body of the page, access the images or questions immediately for a selected topic.
The Bullets* medical app is somewhat limited right now compared to the plethora of content and added features on the website. Bullets* is mainly the topic content and Qbank at this point but those are probably the most important features to most users. I hope in future updates they add the study plans, social networking, and other features found on the website. For now, however, the Bullets* app is a great companion and would be very useful to any fans of the orthobullets.com website.
Video Review (by Dr. Saif Usman)
- App interface is easy to use and navigate
- The App is Free and has an amazing amount of orthopaedic content
- QBank works well and allows for testing on the go
- App does not yet have the social networking, news updates, or registered courses of the main website.
The Bullets* app is a great resource for orthopaedic information and a great companion to the orthobullets.com website. In time, I hope the app will be updated with many of the web-based features such as the ABOS review course study-plans.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Very easy app to use.
- Multimedia Usage
Great use of high quality images.
The app is free.
- Real World Applicability
This app makes viewing the orthobullets.com website content much easier when the user is on a mobile device.
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