Endocrinology can be a daunting topic especially for students, interns and residents. Even seasoned attending in primary care can struggle about how best to work-up thyroid nodules, “low T”, PCOS, etc. I am certain that our consultants in Endocrinology would much prefer for us to complete more comprehensive work-ups before referring every patient with a hint of adrenal insufficiency.
Many in primary care simply don’t see enough of the more rare endocrine conditions nor do we have enough time to delve into the specifics of these conditions and so refer more frequently. Others dig into their favorite medical references such as UpToDate, Dynamed or Essential Evidence Plus for guidance. Compounding the problem is a significant shortage of adult endocrinologists.
Here on iMedicalApps we have reviewed numerous endocrinology apps including the well-reviewed Endocrine Emergencies App and the not so favorably reviewed, Endocrine Advisor App. We have also evaluated a number of medical apps for patients and providers with specific endocrine conditions such as diabetes as well as a number of health IT developments in the field of endocrinology.
For providers looking for a cheap, comprehensive endocrinology reference, there really wasn’t much available until now. Two endocrinology fellows at the University of Minnesota teamed up with Simpformatic Health LLC. to design Resident Intern Endocrinology Companion. Simpformatic also makes the excellent Resident Intern Cardiology Companion app.
The endocrinology app is divided into two main sections: Diseases and Quick References. The diseases section covers everything from adrenal disorders such as Cushing’s Syndrome to gonadal conditions such as “Low T”. The Quick References section contains calculators for correcting sodium in hyperglycemia, insulin dosing calculator, and guideline based algorithms for nodules on the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands. The medical app covers pretty much everything I can run into in a full scope family medicine practice.
Evidence based medicine
Resident Intern Endocrinology Companion delivers an evidence based overview of nearly every problem encountered in endocrinology. The medical app is well referenced and provides content any medical student up to seasoned attending could benefit from having available at the tips of their fingers.
Who would benefit from this App?
Any healthcare provider who cares for patients with endocrinology issues including students, NP’s, PA’s, interns/residents in primary care specialties including internal medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, and emergency medicine.
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- Responsive user interface with built in calculators and quick reference section.
- Comprehensive content covering a wide range of topics in endocrinology.
- Easy to follow algorithms and treatment recommendations.
- References for every section of the app; vast majority current.
- Needs a dedicated home button and back button is at times unreliable.
- Some content not current, but most was based on guidelines that are the current versions.
- Top/bottom borders of app screen get in the way of content frequently.
- Not available for Android at this time.
Resident Intern Endocrinology Companion is a comprehensive medical app that makes an outstanding addition to the iOS app store for trainees and primary care providers who treat patients with endocrine disorders. The medical app was written by endocrinology fellows at the University of Minnesota and they should be congratulated for coming up with a comprehensive endocrinology app with an easy to use interface.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Intuitive interface with many built in calculators, quick reference sections and detailed disease sections with expandable content. The app could benefit from a dedicated home button and some sections of the app are crammed with content and the top/bottom borders take up a lot of screen.
- Multimedia Usage
The app contains many charts, algorithms, references, etc. most of which are easy to use/see on the iPhone, but some would benefit from a large screen.
App is $2.99 which is a bargain considering the amount of content in the app.
- Real World Applicability
This is a highly valuable addition for providers practicing general internal medicine, family medicine or other primary care specialties. The information in the app is up to date for the most part and easy to get at quickly. Some providers will just want to use their “go to” general reference apps such as UpToDate and/or Dynamed.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 9.2.1
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad