Skip to Main Content
Becker Medical Library logotype
Library Quicklinks and Information

Evidence Based Emergency Medicine: Additional Resources & Textbooks

Welcome to Mobile Medicine

Welcome to the Mobile Medicine Page! For a more enhanced mobile medicine guide, check out the full Mobile Medicine Resources Library guide. 

With the rising popularity of smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices has come new and innovative ways for medical professionals to find information. This page is designed to provide information about medical applications that you will find useful for research, clinical practice, and patient education. Some of the resources listed are available free to everyone, some are available to you at no cost through Becker Library subscriptions (if you are affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine), and others you will need to purchase before using.

Please contact the library if you have questions about finding, installing, or using medical apps. Please keep in mind that due to the sheer number of smart phones, tablets, and mobile devices available we may not be able to assist with technical issues, but we will try our best to help you.

Becker Resources

The Read by QxMD app allows you to find and access journal articles quickly and easily on your mobile device. The institutional edition provides “one tap” access to full text articles, even when off the medical campus (must have a Becker proxy account). Please follow these instructions if you would like to try the Read by QxMD app:

  • Download the Read by QxMD app (available for Apple and Android devices)
  • Open the app and click on the “Start reading” button (or click “log-in if you have an existing account)

After you have created or signed-in to your account, you will need to set-up institutional access:

  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Select “Account details” and click on the “Institution” field.
  • On the next screen scroll through the alphabetic list and select “Washington University in St. Louis—School of Medicine”
  • Click “done” in the upper right corner to save the new settings. Exit the account details box.
  • Click on the gear icon again and select “Institutional Access”
  • On this screen select “Automatic Login using Library Login” (if you would like the app to log-in to the Becker proxy server automatically)
  • Enter your Becker proxy account username and password. It may take a moment for your information to save. An error message will pop up if you entered your information incorrectly.

You should now be ready to use the Read by QxMD app to access full-text content.  You can learn more about the best ways to use the Read App in this review: LINK

Device Availability: Android and Apple smartphones and tablets

UpToDate Anywhere gives you off-campus access to UpToDate on your mobile device or from you home computer. Here are basic instructions for getting started with UpToDate Anywhere (detailed instructions found in a PDF document below)

NOTE (7/26/17): Some users have reported receiving an error message (Invalid Account) when trying to sign-in to the app. If this happens we recommend uninstalling the app and re-installing while on the WUSM internet network (if installed on one of the hospital networks). You can also contact UpToDate customer support at:

Here is Video that takes you through the process step-by-step:

1. Make sure your computer or mobile device is connected to the WUSM, BJH, or SLCH network.

2. Go to the Becker Library Website

2. Click on UpToDate (it is listed under Popular Resources on the front page)

3. Click on Log-in/Register and create an UpToDate account. A confirmation email will be sent to you with your chosen username and a link to recover your password.

5. Install the free UpToDate app on your mobile device (available in the App store, Google Play, and Windows App store)

6. Log-in using the username and password selected during the registration process

NOTE: You must sign-in to your UpToDate account while on the WUSM, BJH, or SLCH internet networks once every 90 days to maintain access to the app.

Device Availability: iPhone/iPad, Android devices, Windows 8 devices

ClinicalKey offers access to thousands of Elsevier eBook and journal titles, along with point-of-care information from First Consult. There is now an app available (Android and Apple) which makes accessing Clinical Key content even easier for mobile device users.

Detailed installation instructions can be found below, or you can watch a short video that will walk you through these steps here:

Before using the Clinical Key Mobile app you will need to create a Clinical Key account and activate remote access:

  • While on the WUSM network (or logged in to your proxy account) go to
  • Select Register in the upper right hand corner
  • Fill out the registration form, using your WUSM email address as your username.

Next, to access Clinical Key when you are off the WUSM network, you will need to apply for remote access:

  • Go back to the Clinical Key website ( while still on the WUSM network
  • Make sure you are completely logged out of your account
  • Click on the “Log-in” link on the top of the page
  • Click on the “Apply for Remote Access” link on the bottom of the page
  • Enter your WUSM email address (it should be the same one you used to create an account)
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you. Once you receive it, click the “Activate your remote access” link.
  • ClinicalKey will display a confirmation that remote access is complete and will prompt you to log in.
  • Complete your login process. Remote access is now enabled.

Please note that you will need to log-in to the app while on the WUSM network periodically in order to maintain remote access.

Now you can download the Clinical Key app:

  • Open the App Store on your mobile device (Available in Google Play for Android devices, and iTunes for Apple devices)
  • Search for “ClinicalKey” and install the free app
  • Log-in to the app using the username/password you selected earlier. The username should be your WUSM email address.
  • Once in the app, two options will appear – ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing – Choose ClinicalKey
  • The search box performs a search on all resources.  To find Clinics and eBooks by title, choose the menu in the left corner and select Browse.  Chose to browse Books, Journals, Multimedia or Procedures Consult.

Please note that you must have an internet connection in order to use the ClinicalKey app.

Device Availability: Apple and Android smartphones and tablets

Becker Medical Library offers access to the Unbound Medicine UCentral app. With this app you can access the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics and the Johns Hopkins Antibiotics (ABX) Guide, and 5 Minute Clinical Consult anytime, anywhere from your mobile device. Follow these instructions to access and install the UCentral app. There is also a PDF copy of these instructions found at the bottom of the box.

  1. Register for a UCentral account while on the Washington University School of Medicine internet network (WUSM network). Click here to register:
    If you are on a computer click on the "Log-in" link in the upper right corner, then click on the "Register" button. If you are on a mobile device click the "Register" button.
  2. Download the free UCentral app from iTunes (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices)
  3. Open the app and log-in to your account. The first time you do this you should be on the WUSM internet network
  4. Once you are logged in, you should see a dashboard screen. On the top of the screen you will see icons for each of the titles and tools that you can access via the UCentral app. Simply click on the title you're interested in and you will be able to access the full content for that title.

Once you have you account established you can access The Washington ManualThe ABX Guide, and 5 Minute Clinical Consult on network, off network, and even off line.

Device Availability:  Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod, and Android tablets and smartphones

The Access Medicine App provides mobile, off-line access to the following resources: Quick Medical Dx & Rx, Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology, Diagnosaurus (differential diagnosis tool), and The Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests.

Here are instructions for downloading/access the app:

1. Create an Access Medicine Account (if you don't already have one). You cannot create an account via the app, but must do so through the Access Medicine website (must be on WUSM internet network to access): Access Medicine Link

2. Download the Access Medicine app from Google Play (Android) or App Store (Apple)

3. Sign-in to the app using your Access Medicine username/password

NOTE: You must sign-in to your Access Medicine account while on the WUSM internet network once every 90 days to maintain access to the app.

Device Availability: Android and Apple smartphones and tablets


The mobile web version of the DSM V is available for free to all Washington University School of Medicine students, faculty, staff, and residents. In order to have full access to the DSM V you will need to follow these steps:

  • Make sure you are on the Washington University Internet network. You can access the network anywhere on the Washington University Medical School campus, at Becker Medical Library (in-person or via proxy), or on select computers at St. Louis Children's Hospital Medical Library (3rd Floor)
  • Go to
  • On the top of the screen click on the "My POL" link on the top of the screen
  • Create a "MyPOL" account (must be on WashU network when creating your account)
  • On your mobile device, open a web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.), and go to
  • Scroll towards the bottom of the page and click on the "Sign In" link. Sign into the account you created

Once you follow these steps you can access the DSM V mobile website from anywhere off and on campus. You need to log-in to the site from the Washington University School of Medicine Internet network at least once every 90 days to maintain access off campus.

Note: This is not the app version of the DSM V, but a mobile-optimized version of the website.

Icon List

You will see these icons throughout the Libguide to note app availability for different mobile device platforms:

= Apple, iPhone, and iPad
= Android
= Windows Mobile
= Blackberry
= Internet source (available to all devices with a web browser)

Note of Caution

As a medical professional you are aware that there are both good and poor sources of health information available online. The same is true for medical apps. The apps highlighted in this guide are offered through reputable sources and many have been reviewed by doctors or other medical professionals. However, always be cautious when utilizing medical apps for patient care. Medical apps are not currently regulated (with the exception of those that require approval from the FDA), so they can be published by anyone, even those without a medical background.  Reputable apps should clearly list creators, their credentials, and outline limitations of the app. Always exercise clinical judgment when using apps--if the information doesn't seem correct, then another source should be consulted.

More Mobile Resources

These apps can be used to access eBooks from Becker's collection (and elsewhere). Please consult the eBooks subject guide for more information about accessing, reading, and downloading eBooks.