Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Graduation Celebration! Win a Free iPod touch® Loaded with Epocrates® Software

UPDATE: The 2010 Graduation Celebration has been expanded into a summer giveaway and the contest has been extended. More details to come soon...
If you're graduating in 2010 to be a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant, then we want to help you celebrate!

Join us at for an Epocrates sponsored contest. Free prizes include:
1. The Grand Prize will be an Apple iPod touch® (8 GB) plus a 1-year subscription to Epocrates® Essentials.
2. The First Runner Up Prize will be a 1-year subscription to Epocrates Essentials.
3. The Second Runner Up Prize will be a 1-year subscription to Epocrates Essentials.
This contest will run from May 17 to June 17, 2010. In order to be eligible, you must be a student graduating in 2010 from: a U.S. medical school, or a U.S. nurse practitioner program, or a U.S. physician assistant program.

In order to enter the contest, you must complete each of the following 3 steps:
1. Become a fan of the MedicalSmartphones Facebook fan page
2. Become a fan of the Epocrates Facebook fan page
3. Share your story by posting a comment at the bottom of this blog post. Your posted story must include your full name along with the name of your school. You must choose from one of the following four themes:
1. You used a smartphone to make a medical diagnosis; or
2. You used a smartphone to help you study; or
3. You used a smartphone to avoid a medical error; or
4. You used a smartphone to improve patient care.
All winners will be notified via Facebook once the contest has been closed and winners have been selected.

Potential winners must provide proof that they are a graduating medical student, nurse practitioner student, or physician assistant student in 2010. Acceptable proof of graduating student status will include either: a photo of the student identification card that includes the graduation year or a letter from the school's academic affairs department indicating that the student is graduating in 2010.

Winners will selected by a random drawing.

Click here for the full contest details.


  1. I live in LA, land of the great commute. Every morning involved an hour on the train and bus to school. During my clinical years, the only thing that kept me from carrying 20 lbs of books and stacks of note cards to the hospital was my T-Mobile G1. I use AnkiDroid for my flashcards and the GDocs app to read notes and ebooks. Nothing feels better than reading about my patients with Unbound before rounds and nailing all the attending's questions. I don't know how I survived my 1st two years of med school without this phone.

    Sean Wilkie
    Keck School of Medicine at USC
    Class of 2010

  2. Richard10:57 AM

    During my family medicine rotation, I had a patient that was having vague epigastric abdominal pains and heartburn. Turned out he was positive for H. pylori, and my attending wrote him a script for a popular name-brand combination pack. On his return visit, he told me he hadn't taken any of the medication because it was too expensive and he had no insurance. What did I do? I whipped out Epocrates on my BlackBerry, and found cheaper generic versions of a PPI and 2 appropriate antibiotics. After completing the course, he came back with a negative breath test, and thanked me personally for taking the time and making the suggestion to the attending. Thank you Epocrates!

    Richard Ro, MD
    UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Class of 2010

  3. Wayne Liang8:14 PM

    During my internal medicine acting internship, I took care of a patient who was admitted with congestive heart disease exacerbation complicated by atrial fibrillation. The patient had a long list of chronic illnesses and had a even longer list of medications. One evening while I was on call the patient developed acute renal failure. Using ePocrates on my Palm Treo, I was able to calculate the patient's FENa using MedMath. I then quickly entered his medication list to check for drug interactions and found that the newly-added ACE inhibitor was likely having a synergistic effect with the diuretics dose. We discontinued his ACE inhibitor, increased his IV fluids, and watched his urine output overnight. Within 24 hours his creatinine had normalized, and within a few days we were able to discharge him as planned to a rehab facility. If it weren't for the handy ePocrates consult that call night the patient may have had a much worse outcome. Thank you, ePocrates, for making it easier for physicians, nurses, medical students, and other providers to provide safe patient care.

    Wayne Liang, MD
    Case Western Reserve University
    Class of 2010