A Quick Reference for EM and Primary Care Providers

The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) is one of the most prolific resident groups with an outstanding website and a history of making numerous medical apps that are just as useful for EM attendings and primary care providers as they are for EM residents. Here on iMedicalApps, we have reviewed a number of their medical apps, including their Antibiotic GuideBasics of EMPressorDex, and Peds Airway

The group recently relaunched their mobile app MobilEM at ACEP19. The app now is a shell that contains free content and paid subscriptions. The free content includes the reviewed in this article, Transgender Care Guide, as well as a Splinting Guide, Top Clinical Prediction Rules, and Neonatal Resuscitation. Their paid apps currently include titles such as Antibiotic Guide, Ortho Guide, EKG Guide, etc. and range in price from $1.99-$9.99/year.

The Transgender Care Guide module is broken down into five chapters, including terminology, risk factors, history, and physical, medical transition, and surgical transition. It is available as a Kindle reader and has an expanded online version that includes references. 

Evidence-based medicine

The app lacks any references natively, but if you explore the online version of the guide, it does contain approximately 11 references ranging from 2000-2017. The information is based on reputable guidelines from national/international organizations and peer-reviewed research articles in emergency medicine and endocrinology literature. 

What providers would benefit from this app?

Students, Residents, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, and any other provider who cares for transgender patients.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Well-organized layout and sequence of information
  • Detailed definitions and helpful tips to evaluation/examination
  • Free content within the larger EMRA series of apps/guides

Dislikes

  • No illustrations or videos on proper examination, tips/pitfalls
  • Likely not detailed enough for providers who care for transgender patients regularly
  • No references in the guide itself (but available online on the EMRA site)

Overall Score

  • 4.0 stars

User Interface

  • 4.0 stars

Chapters of the app are broken down appropriately with links to their online versions.

Multimedia Usage

  • 3.0 stars

The app contains for illustrations, videos, etc. It links to the online version of the guide which has references.

Price

  • 5 stars

The app is free.

Real-World Applicability

  • 4.0 stars

The utility of the app likely depends on your practice and the patients that you typically see. However, this definitely is an app that EM and primary care providers should consider as a quick reference. However, the online version of the guide is more detailed and a reference app such as UpToDate has considerably more information on the topic.

  • Device Used For Review

iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 13.2

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.