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Medical Reviewer: Jordan P Roberts, PA-C

3 Best Medical Apps to Buy with Your CME Stipend

What you spend your CME stipend on is an important decision. And while the pandemic has in some ways limited your options for CME, in others it has expanded them.

Last Updated: January 11, 2021

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Time Saving Medical Apps for the Busy Clinician

What you choose to buy with your CME stipend is an important decision. And while the pandemic has in some ways limited your options for CME, in others it has expanded them.

There are many good ways to spend your CME money, from CME subscriptions with gift card offers to squirrelling it away for next year, if that’s an option for you.

However, maybe a new app that makes your life easier at work would be a better fit for you this year.

There are hundreds out there, many free, some paid, and some in between, with ‘freemium’ characteristics.

We are going to cut through the clutter and cover just 3 today. If you want a more complete list of point of care medical apps, we have that too.

The first two offer CME with a free gift card option, which you can use to upgrade your phone or get a new device on which to use your new medical app subscriptions.

Or buy anything else you want, up to $2,250. It’s your life, you do you.

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1. MDCalc

MDCalc is a free app with hundreds, if not thousands, of medical calculators that are all 100% free to use. So why – and how- would you spend your CME money here?

Well, they’ve recently started offering CME on select calculators, and more calcs are becoming CME eligible by the day. 

As with any great CME offer, there are options with and without a free gift card in return. 

View MDCalc standard and gift card CME subscriptions.

Premium MDCalc CME Gift Card Subscriptions

  • (Best) Unlimited: 1-year subscription with unlimited CME credits + $2,250 gift card – $3,999
  • (Still better) Plus 75: 1-year subscription with 75 CME credits/yr + $1,600 gift card – $2,999
  • (Better) Plus 65: 1-year subscription with 65 CME credits/yr + $1,050 gift card – $2,999
  • (Good) Plus 50: 1-year subscription with 50 CME credits/yr + $450 gift card – $899

2. VisualDx + DermExpert

VisualDx is a powerful but easy-to-use point of care app that does everything from help you build a differential given presenting symptoms to diagnose skin conditions with AI-powered computer vision, right from your smartphone or tablet.

Each smart search you perform, differential you build, or condition you review also earns you CME, taking the stress out of that part of your life, too.

It’s truly amazing in its capabilities and features, and well worth the price point.

Currently, it’ll run you $749, but when you purchase through Modern MedEd, you’ll get a $250 Amazon gift card back, making the effective price just $499. 

Purchase your VisualDx + DermExpert CME with gift card subscription here.

Results: AI Medical App Improves Diagnostic Accuracy at point of care
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When comparing  accuracy of non-dermatologists diagnosing skin conditions before and after using VisualDx, the improvement is impressive.

The chart above shows an improvement of 32% accuracy across skin types.

In addition to improving diagnostic accuracy, VisualDx offers a plethora of additional, some even free, medical education resources. 

Currently, they are running a webinar series on skin of color, improving health equity.

Specifically identifying lesions on skin of color is also a new AI feature enabled in the Android and iOS apps, and has been available on the web app for some time now. 

VisualDx Skin of Color Medical App Screenshots
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3. UpToDate

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UpToDate awards category 1 CME with every search. It’s the prototypical resource for medical professionals when you need a quick reference on what to do next.  

You can use it at a computer or on your mobile device, and some of you probably already have access to it through your institution. If not, then it is currently $559 a year for individual physician/PA/NP/pharmacist/nurse subscribers. 

They have articles on just about anything you could imagine, with detailed analyses as well as concise summaries, depending on your needs at the time.

And because each search comes with potential CME, it is possible to get all your hours and more just from topic searches. 

Best of all, it integrates seamlessly with your VisualDx subscription.

More Medical Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

These are just three of the best medical apps that award CME and have point of care functionality.

Be sure to check out our review of 12 more medical apps that will improve your clinical life in one way or another. 

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