As a military family physician, I am always interested in the best emergency medicine apps since we can be deployed with short notice to austere environments and expected to perform emergency combat care. I have previously reviewed a number of apps for peds emergencies including Pedi STAT, PalmPedi, BluCard, Pedi Crisis, Paediatric Emergencies, and the recently updated NRP app. We have reviewed a number of adult emergency apps including ERRes and you can find our top 10 here.
The latest edition of the “do it yourself” textbook/app is R.E.B.E.L. EM. This app is part of the much larger R.E.B.E.L. EM “universe” which includes a website with popular blog, podcast, medical conference, and even swag! R.E.B.E.L. stands for Rational Evidence-Based Evaluation of Literature in Emergency Medicine and was created by Dr. Salim Rezaie, MD, FACEP who works in San Antonio, TX. I have been listening to their podcast off and on for years and have found all of their information highly informative, evidence-based, and humorous as well.
The R.E.B.E.L. EM group shares much in common with the outstanding work of Dr. Chris Nickson, FACEM, FCICM and Jeremy Fernando from Life in the Fast Lane. Together these popular EM groups make a number of fabulous and free resources as part of their FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) network.
The R.E.B.E.L. EM app attempts to provide the EM/urgent care provider with a quick reference peripheral brain, covering high yield EM topics in chart/table format. The app covers a lot of ground but mostly is a medical pearls/board review app rather than an authoritative reference. My biggest reservation about the app is the lack of references for many topics. The authors also miss a great opportunity to tie the app to topics on their website/blog and podcasts. Although Dr. Husain recently did a quick look at the app, I wanted to look at it from a primary care/urgent care perspective.
This emergency medicine app consists of the current collection of R.E.B.E.L. EM Reviews which are tables/charts on a particular topic in EM. The purpose of the charts is to improve medical knowledge, serve as board review and allow providers to retrace a topic at the point of care. The app contents are regularly updated by the R.E.B.E.L. EM curators, but I found a number of topics somewhat out of date. The app would be best utilized in conjunction with the entire R.E.B.E.L. EM “universe” of blog, podcast, app, and conferences.
Who would benefit from this Emergency Medicine App?
Any healthcare provider who works in emergency medicine and/or urgent care, including students, mid-levels, EM and FM providers.
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- Easy to navigate interface with well-defined categories.
- Ability to share topics with others from within the app.
- Available for Android.
- References only for some topics and some out of date.
- Only contains information on a limited number of EM topics.
- Limited multimedia capabilities — no bookmarks, no links to blog or podcast.
- Some tables challenging to read on mobile device.
The R.E.B.E.L. EM app from AgileMD is an outstanding addition to the app store now as a dedicated app outside of the AgileMD shell. It is free, easy to use and contains high-yield charts on a wide variety of EM topics. It is best used for board review and/or retracing a medical topic while at work. Although not as comprehensive or evidence-based as a dedicated reference such as Dynamed Plus or UpToDate, R.E.B.E.L. EM can be a part of a wider set of resources when combined with their popular blog and podcast.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Easy to use interface with easy to view tables and graphics. Some tables difficult to read on smaller screened devices, but works well in landscape view.
- Multimedia Usage
App includes ability to share sections and download charts/graphics for offline use, but otherwise has no significant multimedia capabilities. Would be improved if it included links to their popular blog and/or podcast.
App is free.
- Real World Applicability
The R.E.B.E.L. EM app will be most high yield to EM, FM and urgent care providers looking for a quick board review source and those wanting important charts/tables in an easy to access format. The app would be even better if it included the ability to bookmark favorites and included more extensive references.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 8 running iOS 11.1,2
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