Christopher Ennen is a maternal-fetal medicine physician, a sub-specialty of OBGYN. His role involves taking care of mothers and expectant mothers with everything from illness to pregnancy complications. Evernote is his research tool, as well as a collection and sharing system for publicly-available medical information.
I use Evernote, Everywhere:
I use Evernote for…
I spend my days either interpreting and reporting on obstetric ultrasounds or counseling patients on their high risk pregnancies. Evernote is an invaluable tool for me whether I’m running between appointments, or attending a medical conference. Here are some of the ways I think Evernote is helpful for a medical professional like myself.
- I use Evernote to keep my notes and “boilerplate” text available since I work on multiple computers. I also use my iPad at work to review reference data.
- I use Evernote to collect all information for a medical conference to which I’m traveling, such as flight information, hotel confirmation email, conference brochure, photo of my parking place at the airport, etc.
- I save presentations I want to share with colleagues in my Evernote account, and share them with colleagues, right from my Evernote account.
- Doctors often keep ‘cheat sheets’ of commonly-referenced information that is found both online and in textbooks. Instead of creating a running Word document, I keep my cheat sheet in Evernote, where it’s accessible from any device, no matter where I am.
- If I come across a chart for a specific way to manage a pregnancy complication, I clip it into Evernote, so I don’t need to actually memorize it.
- I can review notes, charts and graphs all in one place — in my Evernote account.
- Since I made it a habit to start collecting resources in my Evernote account, I now look things up there, instead of going online or to a textbook.
- I also do a little bit of medical research. Evernote is a good way to brainstorm. It’s a springboard for my ideas.
The Paperless Medical Professional
I’m trying to go paperless, and Evernote is helping me to achieve this goal. At home, I have a Doxie Scanner, and at work, I use the network scanner to forward paper documents to my Evernote account. I also have the Scanner Pro app for my iPhone, which has a handy send to Evernote feature.
I store a lot of important documents in my Evernote account, that I often need to reference. Physicians have to do continuing education, and when we complete a course, we receive certificates that often get sent to us electronically. I forward them all to my Evernote notebook and scan physical certificates. I have a notebook in my Evernote account where I keep copies of all of my Continuing Medical Education (CME) certificates, as well as a notebook with copies of my diplomas for credentialing purposes. When I fill in for doctors at other hospitals, I need to have all of my documents — including my medical license, residency, and diplomas — within easy reach. Keeping them all in my Evernote account means I can breeze through procedures.
Evernote is like having a bag that you could carry with you all the time, that has everything you need in it. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s easy to get to. I use Evernote in a variety of different ways outside of my work:
- I like to cook, so I use the Web Clipper to clip recipes.
- I’m a runner, so I keep up with running magazines. When I see interesting articles, I either scan them or clip them (if they’re online) to my Evernote account.
- At conferences, when I park at the airport, I take a picture of my parking spot, so I can easily find my car later.
- I have a Shared Notebook filled with Evernote tips. Whenever people want to learn more about how they could be using Evernote, I send them the link.
How are you using Evernote for your professional research? Share in the comments below!