I’m now on a 3-month stretch of outpatient block with more manageable hours and fewer night shifts. After sleep and exercise I now feel my curiosity coming back, something that can quickly evaporate when my most basic needs are not tended to.
One of my co-residents inspired my rediscovery of Evernote as a note-taking tool.
Ok first! Why didn’t I use this in medical school?! What a lost opportunity! I could have had have all those notes and lectures accessible for the rest of my career. Now they are lost to me. Any med students out there please think about this!
At least I have it now. It has revolutionized my learning and organization system. Some of the benefits:
- All my notes in ONE consolidated place. I cannot emphasize the value of this enough.
- My notes can be accessed, edited, and referenced from my laptop, ipad, AND iphone. They all sync with each other immediately and automatically — a note on my computer automatically syncs to make a note on my iphone.
- I can pull up my notes at any time (including in the middle of a patient visit) and access my library of information.
- I can insert pdf’s, powerpoints, word documents, or pictures into the notes. Any time I read an article or come across a treatment algorithm I want to quickly have access to, I immediately put it into a note.
- It’s free. You can pay more for more space and offline access which I will likely do one day.
- It can be used for ANYTHING. Medical notes are the obvious one for me, but I can also use it for recipes, lists of books to read, movies to watch, trips to go on, quotes, yoga notes, etc.
I started bringing this portable keyboard with me to lectures and it has turned my ipad into a functional note-taking machine.