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100 Awesome iPhone Apps for Med Students and Doctors


October 28, 2009

Being in med school or being a doctor often means being constantly on-the-go. Luckily, new technology makes it easier than ever to keep up with your studies, track patients and manage everything about your medical career. Here are some great apps for the iPhone you can try out to make your life at work, school or everyday a little easier.

On the Job

Use these tools at the hospital to keep everything in order as you go through your day.

  1. STAT ICD-9: Use this application to ensure that all your records are properly coded for insurance purposes.
  2. STAT Asthma NHLBI Guidelines: If you have patients with asthma you can use this tool to provide better and more accurate care.
  3. STAT GrowthCharts: Use these growth charts to monitor the growth of younger patients.
  4. ICDMeister: Try out this tool for an accurate and easy way to ensure you get the right diagnosis codes.
  5. ICD-9 pcp: Here you’ll find a budget tool for looking up and recording diagnoses for medical billing.
  6. Normal Lab Values: This app will help you quickly determine if your patient has normal levels–great for students who are just learning.
  7. Medical Lab Tests: If you need concise information on lab values this app can be a good choice.
  8. Pocket Lab Values: Use this application to quickly check on the results of lab tests for your patients.
  9. Patient Tracker: This application will let you keep information about your patients from health records to personal notes on cases.
  10. SonoAccess: Learn all about sonogram technology and connect with SonoSite through this application.

Patient Assessment

These helpful apps will ensure you get the information you need from and for your patients.

  1. uHear: Make sure your patients are hearing like they should with this basic assessment tool.
  2. EyeChart: Poor eyesight can cause all kinds of conditions that don’t seem to be related, so assess your patients with this.
  3. General Medical History: Record your patients’ medical history using this easy-to-navigate tool.
  4. Lexi-Comp: This application will let you look through loads of databases from medications to collections of potential conditions.
  5. Diagnosauras DDX: Healthcare professionals at all levels can use this tool to quickly and accurately diagnosis patients.
  6. Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy: Check with this reference tool for loads of information about medical conditions of all kinds.
  7. Epocrates: This tool will give you access to drug, disease and lab results information.
  8. Hospital Rounds: There are few iPhone apps that will help you track your rounds like this great tool.


These apps will help you do the medical math.

  1. MedCalc: This application can help you do the math for everything from Absolute Neutrophile Count to LDL cholesterol count.
  2. Medical Calculator: If you don’t want to have to memorize the most common medical calculations, you can do them in this app instead.
  3. ABG: Try out this calculator to figure out arterial blood gasses and other calculations that influence treatment.
  4. MediMath: Here you’ll find an incredibly easy to use calculator that will ensure you get your medical math right.
  5. Cardio Calc: While probably more useful for cardiologists, this tool allows any medical professional figure out appropriate treatments and risk levels.
  6. Drug Infusion: Make sure your patients are getting the right levels of drugs with this helpful calculator.
  7. Heme Calc: This tool will help you access your patients for hematological diseases.
  8. Neph Calc: Ensure that your patients with renal or electrolyte disorders stay healthy with this tool.
  9. Antibiotics Dosage Calculator: This calculator will help you manage your patient’s medication levels.
  10. iCalc Risk: Check out this tool to calculate the cardiac risk of any of your patients.


If you need a refresher in the basics or are studying for exams, these apps will help you learn better.

  1. Netter’s Anatomy: Use this tool to test yourself on your anatomy knowledge from anywhere.
  2. Human Body 3D Anatomy: Get useful views of the human body in 3D with this application.
  3. Muscle- Head and Neck System: This application will help you memorize all the muscles in the head and neck–many of which are small but very important.
  4. iAnatomy: Download this application and you’ll get access to CT scans of the human body, labels and detailed information about the body from the pelvis up.
  5. Speed Bones Lite: If you want help learning all those bones in the body you can use this tip to make studying a little quicker.
  6. Speed Muscles MD: Working just like the bones study tool, this tool will help you learn all the muscles of the body.
  7. Anatomy Pronunciations Lite: Avoid sounding like a newbie by learning how to correctly pronounce all those medical terms with this tool.
  8. Blood Vessel Anatomy: Learn more about the highways of the human body with this blood vessel learning tool.
  9. Anatomy of the Brain: The brain is one of the most complex and least understood parts of the body, so start your brain education off right with this tool.
  10. Gray’s Anatomy: Get high resolution images and study tools with this excellent iPhone app.

Specialty Specific

From pediatrics to oncology, these apps focus on helping you out with medical specialties.

  1. The ECG Guide: This application will help you assess and analyze an electrocardiogram.
  2. iMurmur: Try out this app to learn how to recognize and treat heart murmurs.
  3. STAT Cardiac Clearance: If you want to know whether or not your patient should go under the knife and how to care for him afterwards, try this app.
  4. ACC Pocket Guidelines: Get the American College of Cardiology’s guidelines for risk assessment at your fingertips with this app.
  5. GasCoder: Anesthesiologists will appreciate this application that helps professionals search for and use CPT codes.
  6. Green Radiology Professional: Use this application to see and zoom into x-rays of your patients.
  7. Neurology PQRI: This application makes PQRI coding a snap for medical professionals.
  8. PediDoser: Those working in pediatrics can get a leg up on caring for the littlest patients with this dosing calculator.
  9. Perfect OB Wheel: Use this pregnancy wheel, or recommend it to your patients, to track due dates and more.
  10. Handbook of High-Risk Obstetrics: This application is essential for students or doctors who care for mothers and unborn children, providing a great reference tool for obstetric care.
  11. Skin Disorders: Not sure what that rash is? Look it up using this easy-to-use app.
  12. Oxford American Handbook of Anesthesiology: This handbook is a useful download for quick medicine references and patient care guidelines.
  13. OsiriX: This tool is a great way to display and analyze medical images, great for patients and docs alike.
  14. iBreathe: If you have patients that need a little help calming down, or you’re pretty high strung yourself, try out this relaxation app.
  15. Airstrip OB: Obstetricians working at hospitals with the Airstrip system can use this application to see live information about patients.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Find all the reference material you need to stay on top of your game with these apps.

  1. Eponyms: This tool can help you reference and remember the names of conditions and procedures named for medical professionals of the past.
  2. Lexi-Comp Individual Application: With this tool you can search through any of Lexi-Comp’s databases from drug info to info on infectious diseases.
  3. Taber’s Medical Dictionary: Make sure you know what’s what in the world of medical terminology by looking up unknown terms in this app.
  4. Medical Terminology and Abbreviations Quick Reference: This application can help you quickly decipher all that medical jargon.
  5. Medical Encyclopedia: With info on conditions of all kinds, this encyclopedia tool is an indispensable reference.
  6. PsychTerms: Even if you don’t work in the psychology field it can be useful to know some basic terms, and this app will help you along.
  7. Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary: Go to the makers of one of the most trusted and respected dictionaries for your medical definitions as well.
  8. Oxford Dictionary of Biology: This application will help you improve your biology knowledge when studying or practicing medicine.


Make sure you know the important facts about all the drugs you’re giving your patients with these informative apps.

  1. Epocrates Rx: With this application you’ll get photos of common pharmaceuticals as well as reference information–great for students just learning.
  2. Skyscape RxDrugs: Dosing Companion: Whether you’re a doctor prescribing a new medicine or a student just learning, this application will teach you the basics.
  3. Davis’s Drug Guide: If you ever need to look up information about a drug, having an application like this one on hand can be a big help.
  4. Psych Drugs: Use this application to learn about the medications used in psychiatric care.
  5. Nursing Pharmacology: You don’t have to be a nurse to appreciate the drug information contained in this application.
  6. Drug Pronunciations Lite: Make sure you know how to pronounce the drugs you’re prescribing for patients with this great tool for learners.
  7. Drugs and Medications Quick Reference: Use this tool to quickly look up, find out information about, and identify any medication.
  8. FDA Drugs: If you want to know all about the medications approved by the FDA, you’ll find this reference tool especially useful.
  9. Top 200 Drugs: This application offers all the information you’ll need about the most popular prescription medication.
  10. A2ZDrugs: Find drug facts on just about any medication out there with this tool.

Research and Education

These applications will help you find the information you need for your studies and keep you learning beyond graduation.

  1. PubSearch: Look through thousands of medical journal records for the best and latest research out there.
  2. DocGuide: Here you’ll find articles and abstracts from thousands of medical journals.
  3. ReachMD CME: Use these lessons to keep learning even if you’re already a practicing medical professional.
  4. The Medical Reader: If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest medical information on the go, try out this application that brings articles from the top 3 medical journals right to your phone.
  5. Medical Radio: This application will let you listen to loads of radio shows geared towards medical professionals.
  6. Pub Med on Tap: Use this tool to search through medical articles, store references, share them and keep them for your own research purposes.

Study Tools

Try out these apps to turn any time into study time.

  1. iStudy: The iStudy collection will help you bone up on topics like biology, human anatomy and more.
  2. Diagnose the Disease Game: Test your diagnostic abilities with this fun and educational quiz game.
  3. Med Mnemonics: If you’re having trouble remembering important medical stuff, check out this tool that uses mnemonics as a learning device.
  4. BoardReview: Prepare for the medical board testing with this study tool.
  5. Mosby’s iTerms Flash Cards for Medical Terminology: These flash cards will help you learn all that medical jargon so you can sound like a pro.
  6. NurseNotes NCLEX Exam Study Prep: Nurses in training can study for the exam with these flash cards and study tools.
  7. Bryan Edwards Microbiology Flash Cards: Learn more about microbiology–hopefully enough to ace your exam–by using this application.
  8. Medical Exam: This application contains a practice exam for the USMLE.
  9. Lange Pathology Flash Cards: Go through these helpful flash cards to study different types of pathology.
  10. Board Review Series: This study tool will help you prepare for your board exams.

Helpful Resources

These helpful applications give you the chance to look up all kinds of information and connect with other doctors.

  1. BLACKBAG Medical Resources: Here you’ll find news, tool and resources for medical professionals at all levels.
  2. SkyScape Medical Resources: This tool pulls together resources to look up medications, do calculations, diagnose patients and more.
  3. Medscape: Check on medications, read news and connect with others in the profession through this app and accordant website.
  4. Informed RN Pocket Guide: Even if you’re not a nurse, this pocket guide can be a great tool for getting easy access to loads of critical information.
  5. Nursing Central: This app is free with a paid subscription and will give nurses and other medical professionals all the information they need to work effectively.
  6. MedRef: This tool is an essential download for medical students who are just learning the ropes.
  7. Medical Spanish: Pick up a little Spanish that can help you on the job with this language learning app.
  8. Blausen Human Atlas: This application offers a 3D atlas of the human body, medical term glossaries and numerous other useful reference tools.
  9. Doctors Hangout: Use this tool to meet up with other medical students, share ideas, and talk about experiences right from your phone.

Patient Interaction

These applications offer you a chance to connect with patients and help them track their own health–helping you both in the long run.

  1. iEmergency: In case you or one of your patients are ever in an emergency, this application stores and makes it easy to access health care information.
  2. Diabetes Log: You and your patients can monitor their diabetes through this tool.
  3. Health Cloud: Those using Google Health can take their records with them anywhere using this application.
  4. Headache Diary: Advise your patients to use this application to track when and how bad their headaches are–it could make treatment a whole lot easier.