Top Apps to Utilize During Medical School
Oct 23, 2014
Are you using your tablet or smartphone or phablet to all its helpful potential for a medical student? There is a wealth of mobile applications for medical students that provide tangible resources at your convenience. Whether you are in the classroom, coffee shop, or on the hospital floors, the versatility and portability of tablets and smartphones can aid you during all four or more years of your medical training.
The list is vast, but here's a glimpse of fruitful apps to utilize and investigate; whatever suits your taste.
Practice Questions for Tests: Apps for doing practice questions during your free time are a great way to make the most of your time while you’re waiting in line at the post office, grocery store, or at Disneyland. Some fruitful apps that fall into this category are: Osmosis Med (shameless plug), USMLEWorld Qbank, and Kaplan Qbank.
Heart sounds: The apps Blaufuss Sound Builder and 3MTM Litmman® SoundBuilder allow you hear and see the Doppler patterns of different heart sounds so that you can practice your auscultation acuity.
Anatomy Atlas: Anatomy apps such as Visible Body: 3D Anatomical model of the Human body, or the electronic version of Thieme’s Atlas of Anatomy are good tools to have during the first couple years of medical school if you are a visual learner with the added bonus of no fumes of anatomy lab.
Electronic medical records (EMR): The app’s positive side is instant patient information that is critical for better patient care. The negative side may be that the app for your EMR may have limited functions compared to the full software version. If your EMR has an app such as Epic Canto and Synthesis Mobile, it would be worthwhile to try it out and see if there are any benefits of it on the wards.
Lighten your Bags: The beauty of studying with apps on a tablet or smartphone is that you don’t need to carry around a mountain of paper, notecards, or books wherever you go. If you study by making notecards, you can create them on numerous notecard apps. The fear of losing a notecard and not learning that crucial information is no longer there. A few good notecard apps are Anki flashcards and Mental Case 2. Both of these apps allow you to put in pictures and share them with other people. If you don’t want to make notecards by yourself, there are other great resources of pre-made notecards such as Pharmacology LANGE Flash Cards. You can carry just your iPad for viewing well-known resources such as PreTest™ and Case Files®, other books for all your shelf exams, or PDFs of books you annotated using iAnnotate and/or Notability. Moreover, you can backup all of your data and have your annotated PDFs or documents stored on Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
Clinical resource tools: Drug dosages, drug interactions and medical calculations can be easily done with apps like Epocrates (free for medical students) and Omnio. Some of these apps even have medical journals and medical news to keep you in loop, and if they don’t have a combined medical journal… well, you guessed it!-- there’s an for app it! You can read medical journals that you subscribe to, such as NEJM. Or simply keep on top of current scientific and medical advancements by subscribing to RSS news feeds or Twitter feeds from Nature Medicine, Science, Discovery Health, etc.
App adventures await!