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iPad for the Wards – A User’s Review

Posted by medliorator on May 9, 2010

The iPad should fit comfortably your white coat.

All iPhone apps will run, but unless they have been customized specifically, the screen resolution on the apps is pixilated and not aesthetically pleasing.

The keyboard was initially frustrating.  It feels awkward holding your fingers in traditional keyboard stance, and then not having feedback when you push down… With that said, after some use, I think the keyboard is relatively functional.

Apple claims you can squeeze approximately 10 hours out of it, but other reviewers have been able to get more.

iPad review for doctors: A hands on guide for medicine [Kevin MD]

Correlate: Top 5 Medical Apps for the Upcoming iPad [iMedicalApps]


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Prepare for Surgical Cases with Websurg

Posted by medliorator on February 10, 2010

The knowledge if your next day’s surgical cases is a priceless resource on any surgical rotation.  Capitalize by reviewing surgical textbooks, skimming review articles, and going over the nuts and bolts of the procedure at WebSurg.

With summaries of over 120 procedures, websurg is a great resource when used in conjunction with a surgery textbook.  Access is free if you’re willing to share an email address.  Chapters include a review of indications, anatomy, OR setup, complications, and postoperative care.

The right panel is a great place to start, under “Looking for anything specific? Start search.”  Check out the operative technique chapters,


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Mobile Radiologic Learning Tool – Lieberman’s iRadiology

Posted by medliorator on January 20, 2010

Lieberman’s iRadiology app offers 500 radiology cases designed to help medical students and residents improve their plain film,CT, and MRI reading skills.  Available for iPhone.

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Create Professional-Quality Flowcharts with Gliffy

Posted by medliorator on January 4, 2010

Create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, & technical drawings with Gliffy, the online diagram editor.  Terrific for poster presentations and manuscript figures.


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Medical Student Alarm Clock Guide

Posted by medliorator on December 21, 2009

Medical students understand the value of owning multiple alarm clocks.  Consider the following novel alarm clocks if adding to your arsenal this season:

1. Mobile Alarm Clock

Premise: in order to turn off the alarm clock, you must first catch the alarm clock.

Pricing: $50 for the original Clocky from Target; $40 for knock-offs

Notes: Watch a video of this critter in action here.

2. Puzzle Alarm Clock

Premise: Alarm clock turns off only after you’ve returned pieces to the base in the appropriate position.  Fancy models fire pieces into the air, scattering them on the ground.  Simpler models  let you scatter the pieces before going to bed.

Pricing: $100 for spring-loaded model; $15 for regular models

Notes: Watch a video of this terror in action here.

3. Flying Alarm Clock

Premise: Alarm clock fires flying component through the air and will silence only after the flying piece is returned to the clock base.

Pricing: $50 for BlowFly model

Notes: Difficult to find in stock

Correlate: Turn your Computer into an Alarm Clock – WakeupOnStandBy

Correlate10 Tips for Waking up Early

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Improve Focus with SimplyNoise

Posted by medliorator on November 16, 2009


Hone study-time focus with backround noise streamed for free at SimplyNoise.

Correlate: Ambient Study Sounds – iSerenity

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CORE – Clinical ORthopaedic Exam for iPhone

Posted by medliorator on November 3, 2009


This reference database of ~250 clinical tests facilitates diagnosis of musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders. It offers descriptions on how to perform each test as originally described by its author, video demonstrations (if wifi-connected), diagnostic properties (reliability and validity), and links to supporting medical references via abstracts in PUBMed.  Currently retails for $39.99

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CORE – Clinical ORthopaedic Exam from

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Optimize Netbook Note Taking with Microsoft Word

Posted by medliorator on October 26, 2009


There’s a cool feature from Word 2003 which is buried in 2007 for true fullscreen viewing. You can get the button by going to the Word Orb > Word Options > Customize > look under “All commands” and select “Toggle Full Screen View”

I realized you can save a ton of battery life by dimming the screen, and taking notes with a black background and a white/gray font color, the contrast is much better.

Click Esc on your keyboard to exit full screen mode.

Taking Notes with Netbooks [LifeHacker]

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Online Surgical Primer – Surgical-tutor

Posted by medliorator on October 22, 2009


English expert Mr. Stephen Parker, FRCS has built an excellent surgical resource for students with time constraints.  Surgical-tutor offers clinical tutorials in surgery, multiple choice questions, and extensive image galleries.


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Assessing Jaundice in Newborns – BiliTool

Posted by medliorator on July 5, 2009

BitiTool assesses the risk of hyperbilirubinemia in newborns and provides American Academy of Pediatrics’ phototherapy recommendation.  Available online and for iPhone.

BiliTool is designed to help clinicians assess the risks toward the development of hyperbilirubinemia or “jaundice” in newborns.

Required values include the age of the child in hours (between 18-168 hours) and the total bilirubin in either US (mg/dl) or SI (µmol/L) units.

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