I have had a few fellow classmates and e-mails from visitors asking what programs I recommend for the Iphone or Ipod touch for PAs or medical students.
I think the one program I can say I have used the most is Epocrates. I have only used the Free version, but it has been great for me.
Being able to pull up drugs quickly and find all the information I need about them is great. There have even been a time or two when a doctor didn’t know something about a drug so he/she asked me to look it up on my Iphone while we were in the room with a patient.
From what I can tell some doctors are embracing the idea of Iphones and the such and think they are a great addition when treating patients.
Anyway, Epocrates is a must have for all PA and medical students on rotations.
I have not used the paid version such as Epocrates Essentials, but I hear that it is well worth the money.
I have a 50% CODE for Epocrates Essentials that you can find at the end of the post. As far as I know it still works, if not I can try and get another one for you guys.
Look for more post on programs that I use and find helpful during my rotations!
I have been getting quite a few e-mails asking me what books I used during my first year of PA school and what things have been helpful during my rotations.
I thought I would start with something that has helped me greatly during my rotations. And that would be “Maxwell Quick Medical Reference”
At $7.95 on Amazon its not expensive and it has info that will save you during rotations. Many times I have quickly flipped to the labs section to get a refresher on the normal lab values right before being pimped on the subject.
The pages are color coded so its easy to find the section you are looking for and the book is tiny. REALLY tiny. It will fit in any size pocket and you will actually forget you have it, its so small.
It contains guidelines for writing admission, discharge, and other notes commonly encountered on medicine, surgery, and ob-gyn rotations. It also includes commonly used formulas and cheat sheets for H&Ps and the neuro and the minimental status exam.
And I have to say, mine has been through hell and back and is still holding in strong!
So make sure you grab a copy before you start rotations!
I can’t think I have never blogged about this before, but it is important when thinking about going to PA school or actually starting PA school.
In the old days note taking was done with pencil/pen and paper.
In today’s world its done with a computer. All throughout my first year of PA school I used my laptop more than ever before. Heck, all the lectures were provided to use in either powerpoint form or pdf.
To take notes most people in my class would use OneNote by Microsoft. It basically takes the powerpoint or pdf and puts it into a format that allows for note taking on the slides.
I actually wrote all my notes while in class, while having the lecture up on my computer. I would just note the slide number and then wrote my note.
Heck, even now while on rotations a laptop has come in as a must.
Now I used an old laptop that I had used for quite a while. Other, well most the class, had bought new computers, mostly PCs. There were a few people that had MACs as well.
So I guess you should buy a computer that is going to last for a while. So buy something GOOD.
Make sure to get Microsoft office, but wait on this as in most cases as you can get it cheap through your school.
If you have found other software to be useful while in PA school let us know by commenting!
I was sitting at my OB/GYN rotation thinking today how crappy it is to know that I can’t afford to buy things that I might need or want. For example, textbooks are just down right expensive and being on rotations means having to pay for gas to drive to the rotation site.
Then the thought came to me….
Why not try and start a HELP the Physician Assistant Student Campaign.
The idea is that the Physician Assistant community and the the general medical community could help selected students by making donations to them.
How much donated is determined by the persons doing the donating.
Maybe even the donation person could buy a few books off of amazon.com that a student needs and have them sent to the student.