Talk to the handheld
- By: Jessica Watson, Genevieve Thueux, Julian M Jenkins, David J Cahill
Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are also known as palm pilots, palms, or handhelds. These small computers generally include an address book, a to do list, a memo pad, and a calendar. As well as these basics, customised medical software is available. Ever thought of questions when you are on the wards or in busy clinics? Do you scribble down those nuggets of information consultants teach you in a note pad, never to be found again? PDAs can help medical students in these common scenarios.
A computer with internet access is necessary to download software onto your PDA. Make sure that you download the free trial versions before you decide to spend money because prices vary from free to hundreds of pounds (table and box 2).
Still not tempted to buy a PDA? Well, medical students in the United States may have no choice. Several universities, such as the University of