Future Proof Toolkit: Medical References

"Future Proof Toolkit" returns!  Today we continue our series with Future Proof, MD's favorite medical reference tools.  As you may expect, almost anything that touches the term "healthcare" in America is likely going to cost something.  But I assure you for the list of tools below - it is money well spent.  Again, this is a simple list ordered alphabetically, not a ranking.  Enjoy!

Essential Anatomy 5 by 3D4Medical ($24.99) - Possibly the best $25 I've spent for anything, ever.  Filled with stunning 3D visuals, Essential Anatomy 5 is the most intuitive, easy-to-use anatomy app, PERIOD.  The scary part is that it's only gotten better since I bought it when it was version 3.  iOS only for now.  Sorry Android and Windows users, you can pick up the older Essential Anatomy 3 for $9.99.

IMAOIS e-Anatomy ($74.99/year subscription) - A must-have for me as a future radiologist.  e-Anatomy is your imaging anatomy atlas on steroids.  From head to toe, if you need to know what a body part looks like under X-ray, CT, MR, this is your go-to reference.  I have no idea what "IMAOIS" stands for, but DAMN do they make a great product!?  e-Anatomy is available online or as an app (iOS or Android).

MDcalc (FREE) - There are a million medical calculators out there.  MDCalc is my favorite with its intuitive user interface and Google-like simplicity.  You can create an account if you would like to save your favorite formulas but I usually just use it without signing in.  To make it even better - they now have a free iOS app!  Sorry Android users, the Android version of the app is still in development.

Medscape (FREE) - Part of the WebMD empire, Medscape provides high quality, accessible medical information and educational tools to its members after a 1-time FREE registration.  Authors of articles in Medscape are often the same names you will find in authoritative journals in their respective fields.  To give you an idea of how good it is -  I actually read the newsletters I get from Medscape.  Also available as an iOS or Android App.

Uptodate ($199-499/year subscription) - This is a no-brainer.  Uptodate is the standard online reference for clinicians.  I often tell my medical students (somewhat seriously) - "If it's not on Uptodate, you don't need to know it." If you are a medical student or a trainee, you likely already have access through your school or residency program.  Even if you are a practicing physician, you should still check with your employer to see if they already have an institutional subscription.  If not, then I highly recommend purchasing your own subscription. Uptodate is also available as an iOS or Android App.

Future Proof, MD

Dr. Bo Liu is an aspiring radiologist-in-training and the founder and editor of the White Coat Money Blog.  He has an interest in interventional radiology and helping his medical colleagues get ahead in this mad world of medicine and money.  When he's not crushing the list at the PACS station or typing up your next favorite blog post, you can usually find him at the local badminton club, movie theater or the most recently opened restaurant.