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8 Apps every Medical Student and Resident should have 

by winnell

While most of us are spending so much time in the hospital, it is without a doubt that we spend some of it on our phones.  Instead browsing an Instagram feed, why not enrich yourself and improve your efficiency 

1. USCF Hospitalist App

This is a great app formulated by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) department of medicine. This app provides a list of commonly seen diagnoses on the inpatient medicine wards. For example, you will see topics divided by medical specialties including cardiology gastroenterology, infectious disease, intensive care, endocrinology, etc. Within each specialty, it will list the most common diagnoses and some clinical background, signs, symptoms, evaluation and management and treatment guidelines. This is super helpful for coming up with assessment and plans and knowing a little bit of background on rounds. 

2. The UCSF Outpatient App

This is similar to the hospitalist app but it includes common diagnoses and treatment management for things that you would commonly see in an outpatient clinic setting. It also has a tab for when to refer out for the most common diagnosis. Specialties included our cardiology dermatology hematology, women’s Health, urology and even office based procedures. 

3. Up-to-date App

The UpToDate app is free with your school or hospital institution. Up-to-date has the most evidence-based guidelines for practically any medical diagnoses you may encounter. This is a must have app for every current and future doctor.

4. Journal club App

This is a great app that includes many of the landmark research trials that have been used to set precedents for many guidelines and the most commonly used medications. What’s great about this app is that it condenses the trial to a few sentences so that you can succinctly summarize it and present it on rounds and look like a rockstar.

5. Symptoms to diagnosis by the University of Chicago App

This app is really good for creating differential diagnoses. This is really good for a medical students or especially if you’re working in the emergency department where you need to think critically and fast to come up with diagnoses. There are flow charts for the most common presentations including but not limited to abdominal pain, anemia, headache, back pain, syncope.

6. Diagonosaurus App 

This app is a must have for creating differential diagnoses. For each common presentation for instants abdominal pain it will last about five different diagnoses that you can use to keep on your differentials while on the wards.

7. USPTF App

This app is necessary especially for outpatient rotations. This app will provide you with all of the screening guidelines that you should be recommending to each patient based upon age and risk factors. So, here is where you’ll find all of your cancer screening guidelines as well as  guidelines for heart disease prevention diabetes and much more.

8. Md Calc App

This is a much needed app because when you’re busy in the hospital, the last thing you want to do is do freehand calculating scores and labs. This calculation app has all of the many risk factor calculations and clinical calculations that you would need. For instance here is where you would find calculations for lights criteria, anion gap, CHADVASC score, curb 65, CIWA, free water deficit, sodium correction, duke criteria and even DSM 5 criteria for psychiatric diagnoses. 

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