The BEST Apps and Websites to get you through Med School
Medicine and health sciences have come a long way from the days of relying solely on what you hear and see in class and in recommended textbooks to understand anatomical, physiological and pathological concepts. These days almost all students use medical apps to supplement their learning. Many colleges also have virtual learning environments where you can access lectures, ebooks, submit assignments, and so on. The benefits of using apps are evident- they are great for visualization and they are easily accessible.
So here are eight apps that I recommend for use in med school:
Youtube has saved many students many, many hours of staring at abstract physiological processes and cycles on paper, without being able to grasp the concepts related to them. Here’s a list of channels that you should be subscribed to:
- Physiology: Dr. Najeeb Lectures – His voice may be slightly mellow, but he breaks things down with the patience that your lecturer probably wouldn’t.
- Clinical Skills: Geeky Medics – This channel has great videos for Clinical OSCE’s, in which they run through and illustrate all the steps in examining a patient, and the signs you should be looking for.
- Pathology: MedCram – If you’re struggling to understand any disease processes, this channel covers a wide range of conditions, from cardiology, respiratory to internal medicine.
At the risk of being biased, I truly believe that the best anatomy app out there is Complete Anatomy by 3D4medical. Do you ever stand around a dissection table for hours, and miss many small details and structures? Well, you can now leave the dissecting room, and go over the most detailed structures in 3D, and Augmented Reality (AR). The app also has tools you can use to cut through anatomical bits and pieces that can be viewed in real-time. I know how this app is made, and the information that goes into it is meticulously researched and brought to life. You can also make your own screens of different anatomical views, lectures, and recordings.
This platform was curated by, and is run by junior doctors and medical students, who have put together the BEST summarized notes, flashcards and mind maps for most specialties. The content for each specialty is grouped according to pathology, pharmacology, physiology and clinical skills. Their mind maps are great for visual learners! If you’re looking to take a break from your conventional lectures, and you’re looking to put all the pieces together from everything you’ve learned, this is a great app to have.
This website has great instructions for clinical exams- histories AND physical exams. You can download and print step-by-step instructions and guides for different systems. The great thing about this website is that they have the best notes on the likely pathologies associated with specific signs. This is great for narrowing down your differential diagnoses.
I can personally swear by notability. This app is great because you can download your powerpoint, word or PDF lecture notes onto it, and use the touchpad to scribble notes in it while a lecture is going on. With each lecture that you download, you can also have an accompanying recording of the lecture and take photographs of the board/projector, so you don’t miss a beat or important point.
Now, if you’re a qualified healthcare provider or a final year medical student who wants easy access to the latest evidence-based clinical summaries and information on a wide range of clinical conditions, the best apps to have are:
This might seem like a bit of an obvious one, but you NEED to be great at time management in college. Every hour counts. The great thing about inserting your schedule into the calendar is that you can figure out where you have free time to study, and relax. You can also set alarms and reminders to prompt you to carry out tasks.
Hope this was useful to someone, and feel free to comment with recommendations for any helpful apps and websites you have come across that could be helpful for our student medics 🙂
Dr. Helen Zidon (MB BCh BAO LRCP SI) RCSI (Class of 2016)