Most medical providers are familiar with the Medscape web site. Medscape was created when the Internet was young and its name was derivative of the most popular web browser at the time – Netscape. The site grew in popularity over the years and is now a staple of medical practice, as it provides medical news and information in a well-organized easy to navigate format. Medscape was acquired some time ago by WebMD, who also purchased emedicine.com and now integrates all the emedicine.com content into the Medscape web site as well as its mobile applications.
Medscape for tablets is easier to use compared to the smartphone version, because it has a home button which lets you easily return to the main screen. The phone interface leaves something to be desired as it doesn’t make as good use of screen real estate compared some of the other mobile applications I’ve reviewed. That aside you can’t beat the Medscape content regarding discussion of medical conditions. These are authoritative, comprehensive, well referenced and include discussions of differential diagnosis, workup and treatment strategies. As discussed in the video you can navigate to each section easily. On the downside, Medscape doesn’t have quite as good medication dosage module as epocrates and its medication calculator is confusing. Medscape also features a wealth of free CME, slideshow collections and an extensive collection of procedures. It also has a forum area where you can discuss cases or query colleagues about a variety of medical issues. Medscape is entirely free and continues to be one of the best medical resources on the internet