How to Use Journals Like a Champ on Wards

By Mark Ard

Ever wonder how a fellow student can explain the guideline for managing patients with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) after a short bathroom break? He didn’t have a porcelain epiphany; he used this method!

Evernote is a great tool for storing all the research journals you come across, and due to its robust search features and accessibility from anything with access to the internet, you can build a repository of all your high-yield sources at your fingertips. Also, in case you’re research bound, this method sets you up to create a bibliography quite easily.

How to Use Journals Like a Champ on Wards1. Get Evernote up and running – should be pretty easy to create an account. Make sure the notebook is synchronized (they are by default)
2. Download your article – No one cares about the name of the PDF…it’s the note that matters. (see picture)
3. Get your PDF into Evernote – Mac users can drag it onto the app icon, or just simply drag it into a new note
4. Name your note – Go with the name of the article for simplicity. Everything in the article is searchable
5. Get the citation – Some websites have citation information available. If you can’t find it, search Google Scholar for the article, select “cite” under the correct search result, and copy and paste your citation choice. If you’re fancy, select the BibTex version. (I will use both examples)
6. Sync everything and be awesome

Some people create separate Notebooks, others like myself tag this stuff “Journal Articles” and throw it in one big notebook. Use whatever system floats your boat. Here’s where Evernote’s search ability is like your brain on steroids. When you’re on wards and you want that article, just search what you can remember. “Circulation Cholesterol Guideline” is all I could remember, but that narrowed it down to two articles, and my brain knew what I wanted. Open the article, find the guideline you vaguely remember someone telling you was important, and in your most humble and yet slightly gunnerish voice say, “Well for our 55yo patient without clinical ASCVD but an LDL-c greater than 200, I think a high-intensity statin aimed at lowering LDL-c by greater than 50% is appropriate.”


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