Apps for medical students and residents

October 20, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Once you start medical school, there is a great deal to learn. In addition to pharmacology, ventilator protocols and algorithms for advanced cardiac life support, there is specific information you need to know on various organ systems and disease management. It is difficult to remember everything.

In the past, med students and physicians may have carried around small reference books or notepads—but technological advancements make it much easier to have the information you need at your fingertips. There are many mobile medical apps, which can be downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet. Apps are not just for med students and residents. Even attending physicians may find certain mobile medical applications helpful throughout their workday.

The first thing to keep in mind when using medical apps is they do not replace your clinical judgment and knowledge. You cannot rely solely on apps when it comes to patient care. But, mobile medical apps can help provide a quick reference for disease management and medication calculations.

Apps for different purposes

There are several types of medical apps that may be beneficial for med students and residents, including apps that keep class notes organized (which makes studying easier).

Students listen intently during a Global Health Tutorial in IringaApps that can be used as study tools can be very helpful. For instance, one type of mobile medical app that helps both med students and residents is a drug or medication app. Pharmacology can be very complex. Medication calculations are often based on different factors, such as the age or weight of the patient. Medication dosage may also vary based on the way the drug is administered. For example, the same medication may have a different recommended dose if it is given intravenously as opposed to administered orally. “Epocrates” is one drug reference app that provides information on drug calculations and medication interactions.   


There are also medical informationapps that can be used as references for specific organ systems or medical specialties. For instance, “iRadiology” is a medical app that can be used as a learning tool for med students studying radiology. Radiology images as well as case reviews are included in the app. Other apps are helpful as references for specific diagnostic tests or terms. For instance, there is a medical mobile app that can be used to reference normal lab values.

As a medical student, it is also a good idea to stay current on the latest medical news; however, with everything you have to do, it can be difficult to keep up. That’s where downloading a few medical news applications can come in handy.

There are several mobile medical apps can that help you stay on top of the latest medical information. For example, “Medical Radio” is an application that allows you to access medical news and educational broadcasts from experts in different specialties. The New England Journal of Medicine has an app that will send breaking medical news to your email each day.

Although there is a fee for certain medical mobile apps, many others are free to download. With all there is to choose from, you are bound to find something that helps make med school and residency a bit easier.