Pathology and Medical Software for the PDA

Yale-New Haven Hospital Laboratory Manual:  LabMan is an evaluation version of YNHH's Laboratory Ordering Manual for Palm OS-powered PDAs.  It includes information such as specimen requirements and age-specific reference ranges for over 1,200 lab tests.  You may download and use it at no charge, subject to the conditions of use.  There is also an alphabetical index available online.

Epocrates Rx:  A free drug and formulary reference with information on more than 3,300 brand and generic drugs, including on- and off-label dosing, adverse reactions, contraindications, drug interactions, pricing, mechanism of action, and more.  Other Epocrates PDA applications that may be useful for pathologists include the integrated MedMath medical calculators and the NCI Tumor Staging Reference.

MedCalc:  A medical calculator designed for rapid calculation of over 80 common equations used in medicine.  There are a few equations in the "evidence-based medicine" category which are especially useful for simple biostatistics calculations.

Eponyms:  A searchable list of close to 1,600 common and obscure medical eponyms (e.g., Rovsing's sign, Virchow's node) with descriptions.
Medical Abbreviations:  A database of over 2,000 medical abbreviations written by Krystof J. Neumann.  The website named in the database ( is no longer active at the time of this writing, so I am not aware if a newer version has been released.  To access this database you will need a database reader such as List 1.0.

Cancer Checklists and Protocols

Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology:  Go to "Checklists and Guidelines" to find guidelines for the reporting of various surgical pathology specimens and checklists for synaptic reporting.  They are not to be reproduced, altered or used for commercial purposes without consent from ADASP.

College of American Pathologists' Cancer Protocols:  Here you can find standardized pathology reporting protocols published by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  Physicians and other health care providers are authorized by the CAP to use these protocols in reporting on surgical specimens, in teaching, and in carrying out medical research for nonprofit purposes.

Pathology Teaching Resources on the Web

The Knowledge Hub for Pathology: A huge source of pathology-based educational materials provided by the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), including approximately 50,000 pages, hundreds of thousands of up-to-date references, and tens of thousands of illustrations, tables, and graphs.
    All educational materials are accessible via a Table of Contents, organized by 20 organ systems and subspecialties of pathology. Also, all of the USCAP's Annual Meeting's 23 Companion Societies, 16 evening Specialty Conference Handouts, and 30 Short Courses for the past 4+ years, as well as all of the approximately 5,000 Scientific Abstracts presented for the past 3 years are searchable by topic, disease, technology, author, etc. An exhaustive online textbook of surgical pathology and many clinical pathology topics. Dr. Nat Pernick has created an easy to use pathology resource with over 1,600 pages of text, 16,000 image links, and 10,000 references. All chapters are updated on a regular basis. This is a free, no-registration website entirely supported by advertising. A website with photomicrographs depicting pathology of urologic organs. A brief description of histologic features accompanies each image. You can also contribute interesting images to be posted to the site.

The Internet for Pathologists: An article published in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (June 2005; 129(6):742-6) that lists some of the most useful websites for practicing pathologists.

Online Pathology Self-Tests

The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology: An online self-test hosted by the American Society of Cytopathogy (ASC) provides you with the opportunity to take a self-test comprised of 17 images with masked interpretations.  After you provide your interpretation, your response is tallied along with all previous participants.

Cytology Stuff:  An educational website by Cytyc Corporation, featuring ThinPrep� Gyn and Non-Gyn cytology teaching materials and online case presentations.

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