TOP 10 APPS for health care students

Sarah Murphy UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Nora Tadros UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland



Dropbox is extraordinarily simple, but its usefulness can not be overstated. It is an online storage space that provides multitudes of students the relief of knowing their files are always safe. It can be used as a backup for all of your lectures, assignments, and any other important documents, academic or not! If any disastrous circumstances strike, whether it involves a crashed or missing laptop, or an accidental delete, all of your documents are completely safe and you can redownload them at any point! Any documents that you choose to upload are well protected and are shown to others only if you allow them to be. Another extremely useful feature is the ability to share documents so others are able to access this information as well. This makes it extremely useful for group projects or any situation where multiple people need access to one source of information.

An absolute must for almost any college course in UCD! The Blackboard app allows you to access anyinformation about your modules while you’re on the go, including lectures, and announcements. Additionally, you can allow Blackboard to send you notiications to update you when any lectures, announcements, or other material has been uploaded. This app is fundamental for easily staying up to speed with your academic modules at all times!

This app from New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) allows medical students to easily keep up to date withrecent NEJM articles. It includes articles on medical research, and review articles on topics important to clinical practice as well as biomedical science. It also has an images, audio, and video section which serve to educate students on important medical conditions and procedures. The NEJM also has a couple other apps, such as the NEJM Image Challenge App, which are dedicated solely to education on medical conditions, as well as allowingthe student to test their knowledge.

Not just a medical dictionary, Eponyms also contains deinitions of procedures, syndromes, signs, anatomical locations and everything under the sun associated with medicine. This app is immensely handy if there is a term you come across in a lecture or assignment that you have not seen before. The explanations are clear and concise so it’s just like having wikipedia in your pocket. An important feature of this app is that this knowledge base can be accessed anywhere at all because no access to the internet is needed!


A must for anyone trying to understand and visualise radiology. This app includes clear pictures of different anatomical regions and organs from multiple different planes. You are also able to zoom through the images to see different perspectives of the region. All the images are exceptionally well labelled so you actually know for sure what you are looking at! There are actually a few different versions of this app with most of them being free and one paid.

Famed as the "Instagram for Medical Professionals", Figure 1 will allow you to share, rank and discuss medical images from around the world. Similar to Instagram, by using a description or hashtag you can search for images and if no such image exists, you will be redirected to a different search engine, such as Google. Figure 1 allows you to discuss diagnosis and treatment with other experienced peers, to broaden your knowledge by viewing both rare and textbook cases and give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with x-rays, charts, MRI and CAT scans. Whether you want to learn or want to mindlessly scroll through another social networking app (with a twist), this is an invaluable app to get!

So universal it is often over-looked, the Facebook app allows you to keep up to date on social events and course groups. Additionally, it keeps you in the loop for group projects and every academic resource shared by your peers. Although a small amount of willpower is needed to close the app during lectures, it more than makes up for it’s potential distraction by allowing students to stay in both the social and academic loop effortlessly.

For anyone who is already familiar with the desktop version of Medscape, there is no doubt you can appreciate all it has to offer. Incredibly the mobile app has even more features. Firstly a drug reference for current prescribing, dosing and even pregnancy guidelines, furthermore it offers over 120 medical calculators for anyone who struggle to remember any of those pesky calculations. There are also disease and condition references, complete with presentation, work-up and treatment. Finally, their news section will keep you totally up to date with the latest articles written by a team of experts in a range of specialties.

Simple and free. This app is perfect for any health care professional, or anyone period. It will provide one with instant access to information that will enable one to handle common irst aid emergencies, as well allow one to ring 112 directly from the app itself. The app is complete with videos, step-by-step advice and quizzes, which make it very easy to to know irst aid. One of the best things about this app, is that all content is preloaded, which means you can access all information even if you don’t have reception or internet connection. This app is a definite must.

An app that allows you to bring medical journals and literature together in a magazine format. It also enables you to download studies, journals and articles from a variety of sources, including Pubmed, so you can reference them at any time, even on the go. This will ensure you are kept up to date in all specialties and will allow you to reference when writing reviews or even studying.