5 Must-Have Apps for Medical Students

by A Guest Author

When you make the decision to go to med school, you are agreeing to spend a great deal of your time studying. As a med student, studying is extremely important, as your profession actually has other people's lives at risk.

The use of technology has not only done wonders for the field of medicine, but it also provides med students with a wealth of apps available to help them when it comes time to studying or diagnosing a patient. The following are five must-have apps for med students.

1. MedScape

MedScape is an app from WebMD, and this tools is used frequently by medical students as well as nurses and physicians.

In 2010, MedScape was the most downloaded app in the free medical app category, and for good reason. Users have access to medical news that is updated daily. You can even select which out of 34 categories you want to follow. Through the app, you can even search the MEDLINE database, and you can save or email articles as well as share them through Facebook.

The app also contains a great deal of clinical references. You can reference how to prescribe drugs or read up on the safety information for over 8,000 drugs and supplements. You can even use a drug interaction checker to make sure there are no adverse affects of mixing medications. You can even see images of the pills to make sure that you're prescribing the right one.

You can also read over 4,000 articles about different diseases and procedures as well as watch over 600 instructional videos. The app even contains medical calculators, including 129 different medical formulas.


2. MedCalc

Medical scores, formulas, scales and classifications can be confusing, and MedCalc can help make it all easier. Through the app, you have access to over 200 medical formulas, and you can access detailed information about each one.

You also have the ability to search for specific equations using keywords, and you can customize your own list of equations.

3. Eponyms

There are over 1,700 medical eponyms, and Eponyms helps you understand and learn each one by providing a short description for each one.

You have the ability to perform a full text search when it comes to locating the information you need, and you can browse through 28 categories or opt to view the view list. If you tend to forget certain eponyms, you can star it so that you can find it more easily.

4. Diagnosaurus DDx

Diagnosing patients can be challenging, but Diagnosaurus DDx can help by being your quick reference tool. You can quickly search over 1,000 diagnoses, either as a full list or by symptom or organ system.

You can also opt to "see related Ddx", which provides you with reason to consider other diagnoses as well. There is also a favorites feature that allows you to save your favorite searches.

5. Pepid

As a med student, you want to keep your patients safe, which means that you don't want to overdose them or prescribe them any medication that would interact with another medication. For this reason, you need Pepid.

This app can tell you exactly how to deal with toxicologic emergencies as well as provide antidote information. You can even view images of poisonous plants and prepare yourself on how to keep your patients safe.

About the Author

Jessica Brown is a med student she writes for Tru Phone, a source for global access to smart phone technology including awesome apps.

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