Epocrates has announced a plan to offer free subscriptions for its premium mobile product to all U.S. medical students. The next generation of physicians is now heading back to school with an essential tool — Epocrates® Essentials drug, disease and diagnosis reference — at no cost.
“With more Americans potentially entering the healthcare system, future physicians will need access to top-notch training and the latest innovations. At Epocrates, we feel it is our responsibility to provide our nation’s medical students with a key resource that will help advance their education, and ultimately, their ability to deliver efficient, quality care,” said Andy Hurd, Epocrates’ president and chief executive officer.
Many top medical schools, such as Yale School of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine, recommend or require students to have a mobile device loaded with the Epocrates app. The majority of medical students use mobile devices, primarily Apple iPhone smartphones, to access critical drug and safety information in real time. Whether studying pharmacology in the classroom or seeing patients on hospital rounds, many students already access the Epocrates application on their mobile devices. Now, with complimentary Epocrates Essentials subscriptions, medical students will have additional decision support tools on-hand including lab interpretation guides, evidence-based treatment guidelines, differential diagnoses and disease images.
“As a fourth year medical student, Epocrates is indispensable to me and my education,” said medical student Meredith Baker. “It is the first place I go with a question, and will be my right hand in practice too.”
More than 40 percent of medical students also indicate that mobile medical applications are the first place they turn to for answers to a clinical question, according to Epocrates’ sixth annual Future Physicians of America Survey. For additional insights about today’s medical students, join the Epocrates webinar featuring the 2012 survey results.