Exams are on the verge and I thought I’d share some apps (in no particular order) I found handy during the course of my clinical years of medical school. In case you were wondering, they’re all free apps.
I would have to say that Medscape is one of those absolute must-have medical applications to have on the go. It’s got a superb clinical reference section that has all the information neatly classified as you would find on e-Medicine on the web. There’s also drug information and clinical calculators (I actually haven’t used the calculator much on the Medscape app before) along with clinical news updates.
I’ve used Epocrates for solely drug-related information. Find the information you need about a particular drug, generic or brand name. It also comes with a drug-drug interaction section, pill identification, as well as a medical calculator section.
I’ve had classmates that have also made use of Skyscape. I never downloaded it myself but I’ve used it once or twice on a friend’s tablet in times of need. It’s quite similar to Medscape with access to drug information, some reference information on a number of topics in an outline format, clinical news updates and a medical calculator.
If you don’t have any of the apps above or just wanted quicker one tap access to a clinical calculator, MedCalc may be the app for you!
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Eponyms (for students)
So many pesky eponyms in medicine! Lots of diseases and conditions have the names of their discoverers (or just someone who was involved with the disease at some point in it’s history) attached to them. I mean, what’s an Eisenmenger syndrome anyway?
Prognosis: Your Diagnosis
Prognosis is a fun little game app but don’t be fooled because I called it a game. Prognosis Your Diagnosis is an app which provides a number of cases separated into Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Surgery. Cases are updated regularly and provide you with a short pertinent history and significant examination findings. Following this you make a decision of what investigations (options are provided) you would do (results are given for each option you choose). You are then to make a selection of the correct management for the patient in the case. Once you tap Finish, you’ll be informed of how well you performed and an explanation for the case (breakdown of the case, the investigations, the management as well as information about the disease of the case) is provided.
Prognosis also available in Cardiology, Diabetes, Respiratory for those who want more specialized cases.
What do you use on your handheld piece of technology to survive medical school? Leave a comment below to add to the list!