Maybe it’s a hold-over from my childhood days, but September is the month of organization. You know, the ritual purchasing of three-ring binders, pencil holders, graph paper, all with the hope and optimism that this year things will stay organized. Inevitably by the end of the year you’re digging around your overstuffed backpack for that piece of paper with the homework assignment on it.
Now instead of three-ring binders I hoard information online: downloading, tagging, and clipping, all in the vain hope that it will stay organized for some future use. And why not. I spend a lot of time reading and searching online for emergency medicine information for my particular learning needs. Unfortunately, most of it collects digital dust on my hard drive or cloud – the junk drawers of the digital age.
So here is a great new tool that is actually getting me to use the information I’ve already collected. Evernote meet Google. Evernote now allows you to simultaneously search Google and your Evernote folder on any web browser. Want to review subtle ECG findings suggestive of STEMI? Type STEMI into Google and it gets you 1,700,000 hits, but now it also gives me 3 notes from my Evernote account. Since I’ve already clipped these to my account the likelihood that they are valuable to me at the moment I want it is high.
Sure enough clicking on the Evernote icon shows me I have an article from Amal Mattu about high risk ECGs, a review of subtle STEMI patterns by Dr Smith from his ECG blog, and a link to another good online ECG education site.
Wow, my preselected information side by side with the power of Google, all at my fingertips on a web browser. Finally, I’m ready for school (can I redo fifth grade please)?