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iPads for PA Students: iPad Maintenance


These instructions are designed to assist PA students in maintaining the apps on their iPads.


Some apps, especially medical information apps such as Epocrates Essentials, DynaMed, FirstConsult, and Lexicomp, require annual verification of your GW affiliation in order to continuously provide current, evidence-based medical information.  

In order to maintain access to current, evidence-based medical information, please refresh your access to the following apps:

  1. Dynamed
  2. Lexicomp

Additional apps that that you installed for the MD curriculum will continue to function and do not require any action on your part to continue functioning.   If you do delete an app and want to configure again, please refer to the iPad Set-Up Instructions.

Himmelfarb App Shelf

Himmelfarb Library's App Shelf provides information on the library's app collection including instructions for connecting these apps to the Library's institutional subscription in order to access premium app content.

The App Shelf provides information on additional Information Apps for specialty content (Pediatric Care Online, Psychiatry Online, etc.) as well as Productivity Apps.


1. DynaMed

About this app: DynaMed is a point-of-care information resource which includes drug and disease information. DynaMed contains more topics than Epocrates Essentials or FirstConsult and also provides more detail on clinical interventions and the quality of evidence for that information.  DynaMed is provided to you courtesy of Himmelfarb Library.

When you will use it: to find evidence-based information on specific conditions including diagnostic approaches

To do:

  1. Access DynaMed then click on Mobile in the menu at the top of the screen and enter your email address.
  2. On your iPad, open the DynaMed email message and click on the authentication key link to activate your app. Note: you can use the same email to active DynaMed on up to three devices; the emailed authentication key is good for 48 hours.

3. Lexicomp

Lexicomp is a comprehensive clinical drug information app including Lexi-Drugs and Lexi-Interact. Lexicomp is provided to you courtesy of Himmelfarb Library.

  1. Access Lexi-Comp and select the right-hand menu for Mobile App Access.
  2. Select the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad platform and that you are an existing customer; copy the authorization code displayed in red.
  3. Login to your Lexicomp account.  
  4. Under Add a Subscription by Code, paste or type the Lexicomp authorization code
  5. On your iPad, open the Lexicomp app then select Update;  Lexicomp will automatically load updated content. 

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