Friday, 20 December 2013

Medical Apps Recommendations for Medical Students

Assalamualaikum wrt.

Life in medical school can be quite challenging sometimes, especially when it comes to studying. No one can deny the fact that medical school is hard, especially when there are tonnes of information need to be crammed into our brain, and as normal as we are, we can’t remember everything.

Fortunately, as advanced as we are now as medical students with smartphones and all, there are these things called “apps” that can ease us in studying.

So here are few suggestions of free apps from Android and Apple that may help students to access information quicker and help in studies. Plus, not only for students, these things even help medical professionals too, especially during housemanship!

So in non-chronological order, feel free to check the suggestions below!

1) Quick Lab Reference

Why to love: Useful for quick medical reference

This app provides quick look at the up-to-date information on the most commonly used clinical laboratory values and other useful relevant information such as lab data in Microbiology, Physiology/Pathophysiology, Toxicology and etc.

2) Medscape

Why to love: Provide dosage, good for differential diagnosis.

Medscape is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information. This app features medical news, drugs prescriptions and interaction checker, diseases, condition and procedures as well as sections that include pathophysiology, epidemiology, differential diagnoses, workup, treatment, medication options and more.

3) Epocrates

Why to love: Quite similar with Medscape.

4) Standard Dictation

Why to love: Gives essential points to present and clerk cases.

Standard medical dictations for medical students and residents. Includes standard texts for histories, physicals, counseling, and procedures.


5) My Blue Book

Why to love: A must download for Malaysian professionals. It gives drugs formulation by MOH and KKM, and provides types of drugs we used in government hospital.

This app is not the official application of MOH Drug Formulary, and it was developed with intention to help medical students and medical professions in Malaysia to achieve better health care and provide convenient as a quick reference tool during their study/work. This app only available to android user in Malaysia only.

6) Medimonics

Why to love: Help us to remember medical facts easily by using mnemonics.

A database of more than 1500 medical mnemonics! With the help of this huge database, remember tough medical facts on your fingertips as rhymes, acronyms and other memory tricks. Includes mnemonics related to multiple disciplines.

7) Qx Calculate

Why to love: Virtual “calculator” to check prognosis, mortality, risk stratification etc. A must download!

An essential tool in general practice, internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, obstetrics, nephrology, hematology, orthopedics, pediatrics, gastroenterology, neurology, respirology and more. It focuses on highliting tools which are useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment or determining prognosis. It helps to make decision.

8) MediCalc

Why to love: Similar with Qx Calculate, calculate medical formula.

9) Eponyms

Why to love: Quick look up for meaning of any medical eponyms.

Eponyms brings a short description of more than 1700 common medical eponyms to your Android device. A perfect tool to quickly look up the meaning of any eponym.

10) Medwhat

Why to love: It is like google/wikipedia but specific for medicine, requires internet to use

Official MedWhat App for Android. MedWhat is a health and medicine search engine providing instant health and medical answers.Smarter than a typical search engine, MedWhat understands what you want to know and returns exactly what you are after with a direct response. MedWhat uses the web’s existing quality health and medical content such as the National Institute of Health and transforms it into knowledge that you can understand. No more endless web searches!

11) Prognosis

Why to love: Games for differential diagnosis and management. It has prognostic games for STD, diabetes and cardiology.

Want to get the gist of a clinical case study in 2-3 minutes? Try Prognosis : Your Diagnosis - The first and only free Android game that lets you investigate, deduce and diagnose complex clinical cases within minutes with our fun, interactive cartoon-style narrative. Prognosis is specially designed for Doctors, Medical students and Nurses and each case helps to learn or recall two or three key clinical points that can be applied in your practice.

So there you have it, few apps that can solve and aids you in studying medicine. Hopefully by the helps of these apps, it may improve your studies and help to make your medical school life less difficult as it may seem.

On the last note, happy studying!

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