I guess the really issue is that, in the theater, I can hadly find time to read a book. I used to carry my Mass Gen, but I cannot remember the last time i have used in while in clincals.
We are required to keep and update "case cards", some students have this case cards in their PDA's. Most of the information for a case card can be culled from the "brain" and Jaffe.
I carry around a careplan for my first case.
I used to carry a ton of stuff and never got to use them. My pockets were bulging needlessly. I made up my mind Dec 10th, PDA only.
I use a Sony Clie Nx 80. It's just fantastic. The only thing it cannot do is think. It does bear well under my labourious use.
I load up on books when i switch clinical sites for the first two days.
Quote from athomas91
it really depends on it you are a computer oriented person or not...
i have the HP handheld - with a few programs i have found useful - archimedes (free), the manual of anesthesia practice, and omigui's anesthesia drugs -
they are all very useful - the most useful thing at first is your calculator...until you can do those fluid calc's in your head!!!
i love it - but frequently forget it and forget to charge it...so i always carry a few books w/ me...
good luck -
if you are good keeping up with it (calender etc...) then it will benefit you. one tid-bit - the internet capable ones do not work in most OR's - and by the time they will (future) you will need a new PDA anyway - so i wouldn't waste the money!
i got all my stuff off skyscape.com
another tidbit - buy only one thing and they will send you an email w/ a coupon (like 20% off) your next purchase...then you can buy the rest of what you want.