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    PDA use?

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    Hey guys,

    I just ordered a Tungsten T5 PDA online and I wanted to know if I should put the software on now before I come to the island or wait till I get there and see what other people have? Anyone that has a PDA know some good medical software to put on that I will use in first and second semester? Can you tell me where I can get them from too?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jennifer

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    I've always wanted a PDA too, but have always decided to wait until I'm off the island starting rotations to get one. I can't think of any classes here where a pda would've been useful w/ the exception of maybe a dictionary program or something or maybe the drug programs which wouldn't be useful until 3rd or 4th semester. Oh, but if you've already bought it I'd put the software on it now b/c there probably aren't alot of people that have pda's down here.

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    Re: PDA use?

    Hi Jennifer,

    You won't likely find your PDA of much use during the basic sciences except for possibly a few exceptions I can think of now:

    1) a medical dictionary
    2) flashcard programs for the basic science review

    The computerized software or study aides for basic sciences need not be as portable as a PDA and is commonly used by students on their notebook or home computers.

    However, as far as the clinical sciences are concerned the following programs are ones which I use every single day:

    1) Epocrates - this program is FREE for both Palm and PocketPC users on the Epocrates website. This is a drug reference that is easy to use and includes drug prices. This program is continually updated and updates are also free. I have heard that the Epocrates Essentials program (the subscription based version) is very good but I haven't coughed up the money for that just yet.

    2) Merk Medicus - this FREE medical suite includes the complete Merck Manual - a very helpful and fully functional medical reference "text". The suite of software also comes with the "Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests" which includes full detail about different lab tests you may want to order. It includes approx costs of the lab test, physiologic basis for the test, and explanations as to what increases/decreases the levels or what may result in an abnormal result.

    3) Another FREE program is Diagnosaurus (www.diagnosaurus.com) - a differential diagnosis program for Medicine and Surgery.

    4) I also commonly use another FREE program called HandRef (www.handymed.com) which is a handy reference for clinical guidelines of DKA management, easy Insulin Sliding Scales, explanation of Oral Hypoglycemics, Topical Steroids, Lab Skeletons (how you include lab test in your progress notes), ACE Inhibitor dosing, ETOH withdrawal, Narcotic Dose Equivalencies, MMSE, IV Fluids determination, etc, etc, etc. This is like a PDA based Maxwells except it has different information.

    5) Due Date Calendar - this is always helpful to quickly dertmine due date.

    Like I said before, you won't find these programs or your PDA of much use until your clerkships. Then it will be an very valuable tool.

    Best of luck!

    MitchDC
    Quote Originally Posted by dr1jenross
    Hey guys,

    I just ordered a Tungsten T5 PDA online and I wanted to know if I should put the software on now before I come to the island or wait till I get there and see what other people have? Anyone that has a PDA know some good medical software to put on that I will use in first and second semester? Can you tell me where I can get them from too?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jennifer
    MitchDC/MD
    RUSM 2006 Graduate

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    pocket PC

    hi MitchDC...I own a HP Ipaq 1940...pocket PC... I plan to put some reference software on it...can you recommend any particular Medical Dictionary since you didnt mention any title?
    I would go for freeware but if its not too expensive...i can shell out a few bucks for a nice Pocket PC dictionary..

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    rossmiami

    KNight007:

    If you go to the Ross Miami website they have some recommended software.
    When you become my age you will realize all of the hard work and studying was worth the effort.
    "60 years young" another 60 to go if my doctor sons keep me alive with free prescriptions!!

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    Re: pocket PC

    Stedmans.
    Quote Originally Posted by Knight007
    hi MitchDC...I own a HP Ipaq 1940...pocket PC... I plan to put some reference software on it...can you recommend any particular Medical Dictionary since you didnt mention any title?
    I would go for freeware but if its not too expensive...i can shell out a few bucks for a nice Pocket PC dictionary..

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    Re: pocket PC

    The reason I didn't mention one was that I never used one. However, I can seen how it may have been helpful if it weren't too expensive.

    -MitchDC

    Quote Originally Posted by Knight007
    hi MitchDC...I own a HP Ipaq 1940...pocket PC... I plan to put some reference software on it...can you recommend any particular Medical Dictionary since you didnt mention any title?
    I would go for freeware but if its not too expensive...i can shell out a few bucks for a nice Pocket PC dictionary..
    MitchDC/MD
    RUSM 2006 Graduate

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    Re: PDA use?

    Quote Originally Posted by dr1jenross
    Hey guys,

    I just ordered a Tungsten T5 PDA online and I wanted to know if I should put the software on now before I come to the island or wait till I get there and see what other people have? Anyone that has a PDA know some good medical software to put on that I will use in first and second semester? Can you tell me where I can get them from too?

    Thanks in advance. :)

    Jennifer
    not too useful in basic sciences. as a matter of fact it may even be a waste of your time. i have found it helpful however in pharmacology and email otherwise its just something else to recharge or get lost or stolen.

    most software for medical use is free. go to www. medfools.com or places like that and you will get great links to medical software free for PDA.

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    Thanks you guys for all the helpful websites and things to put on. I am excited cause I just got it delieved today so I am going to play with it and see what it is all about.

    Jennifer

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