Whether you’re in the hospital, on the wards, or in clinic, your smart phone is your best friend. Use it wisely! Here’s a quick overview of some of the useful medical apps I have come across so far.
All of the mentioned files and applications are free unless otherwise mentioned.
If you’ve just started your residency and you want an app that will relieve your on call anxiety, MD on Call is the app for you! It’s available for both iPhone and Android users. You can simply search the presenting complaint and you will be given a practical, comprehensive, succinct approach to this presentation with extremely practical management suggestions (including medication dosages!). Of note, although it’s not free, it’s relatively affordable.
These are some of the other medical apps that I like to use regularly. Please note that depending on your phone (android or iPhone) you may or may not have access to all of the listed applications.
- Clinical Skills
- Medscape ***
- Epocrates (for $$ if you want the ‘plus’ version)
- UptoDate (for $$ or school mobile subscription)
- Osmosis (for $$, study tool)
I also like to download PDF textbooks and handbooks on my phone for easy reference. They’re also very useful if you want to study/review a few topics on the road, especially if you’ve just seen a few interesting cases on these same conditions. It helps to consolidate the theory you learn and helps you develop your clinical acumen.
The books that I currently have on my phone were downloaded for free off of good old Google. I literally just typed the book’s name with a “pdf” at the end and voila! Here’s the list with the download links:
- Practical Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient
- Pocket Medicine 4th Ed.
- Bates Pocket Guide to Physical Examination & History Taking:
- Netter’s Anatomy Flashcards
Other Mobile Apps that are also popular:
- Lanthier (for $$, uptadted Internal Medicine Textbook app)
- Pepid (for $$)
- Micromedex (for $$)
Let me know which medical apps you use in the comments!