Flashcards are one of the many ways to support medical students in their learning process, especially in difficult topics like anatomy and physiology, where there is a lot of new terms to learn.
Two-sided flashcards made of paper, with the question on one side, and the answer on another have been used since at least the 19th century.
The advent of mobile technologies made possible to use these flashcards in a more convenient way - on smartphones and mobile devices.
Many flashcard mobile apps provide ready flashcards with the content from textbooks and lecture notes, while some of the apps allow users to create their own flashcards.
Here, we list some of the best flashcard apps that can help medical students prepare for exams or rotations.
Medical Terminology Flashcards App
Medical Terminology Flashcards app provides medical students with 13 pre-made decks that include introductory medical terms, body structure, and terms covering 11 body systems, such as cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, etc.
Decks include thousands of pre-made flashcards covering medical terminology, abbreviation, prefixes, and suffixes.
The app also allows users to create their own flashcards and decks, and save them in the app. However, creating own flashcards could be time-consuming.
A better option could be 'Focus On' deck. The principle behind it is simple. Any cards that users guess incorrectly in any deck are automatically added to a 'Focus On' deck that users can use later to improve their knowledge.
Medical Terminology Flashcards app is available on iOS for $0.99, and Android for $1.99.
IM Essentials Flashcards app is created by American College of Physicians specifically for the use in the internal medicine clerkship, particularly for the USMLE Step 2 exam preparation.
IM Essentials consists of two print books, an online program, and a mobile app, all covering the key topics and concepts in internal medicine.
IM Essentials Flashcards app includes 1,100 flashcards across 11 categories, from Cardiovascular Medicine to Rheumatology.
Each card provided in the app features a link to the relevant content on the IM Essentials Online website to help students reinforce their learning experience.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
ACP Flashcards App
ACP Flashcards app, also known by its full name ACP Flashcards: Internal Medicine Board Review (IMBR), is another flashcard app created by American College of Physicians.
It provides over 200 flashcards across 16 categories made for studying for the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) exam. Users also have the ability to create custom sets of cards.
The flashcards in the ACP Flashcards app are available for free on Android and iOS devices to attendees of the live Internal Medicine Board Review courses and MOC Exam Prep courses offered by ACP.
Other users, who didn’t attend these courses can purchase the course recordings via app's partner Playback Now.
USMLE Pharmacology Flashcards App
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) assesses a physician's ability to apply their medical knowledge and demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, including the knowledge of complex pharmacology.
USMLE Pharmacology Flashcards app is an on-the-go tool for preparing for the USMLE, created by medical students at Yale University.
It provides 200+ flashcards organized into 11 major topics, including antibacterial agents, cardiovascular agents, anti-inflammatory agents, general pharmacology principles, and more.
Each flashcard provides a rigorous review of key pharmacological concepts. Also, each category contains a selection of clinical vignettes that cover a specific disease or drug, requiring the application of textbook knowledge to real-life scenarios.
A limited free version of the app is offered to users they can try before deciding to purchase a full version for $34.99.
USMLE Pharmacology Flashcards app is available on iOS and Android.
Anatomy is one of the most difficult topics in medicine to learn and memorize. This is why flashcards, especially available in a mobile format, can be very useful for medical students when learning human anatomy.
BioDigital Human app is a virtual body platform consisting of the most comprehensive set of true 3D anatomy and 3D health condition models, with thousands of interactive visualizations.
Besides stunning visuals, the app also includes over 300 easy-to-navigate flash cards, each containing an image with detailed information of a specific body part in order to test students.
The flashcards are well-referenced providing links to provide students with the additional information if the description on the flashcard is insufficient.
The limited version of the app is available for free on Android and iOS. The full version requires an annual subscription that ranges from $9.99 to $39.99.
Moore's Clinical Anatomy Flashcards App
Moore's Clinical Anatomy Flashcards is another anatomy flashcards app designed to help students improve their understanding of clinically relevant anatomy, as well as practicing clinicians improve their practice.
The app includes 340+ realistic and detailed anatomic renderings and diagrams, as well as illustrations and clinical photos.
Each flashcard includes structures for identification with detailed explanations, as well as additional information, covering various different topics, including thorax, abdomen, head, neck, cranial nerves, and more.
The app is available for free download on iOS and Android. However, full content becomes available only after purchasing of premium version for $29.99.
Brainscape Smart Flashcards App
Brainscape Smart Flashcards isn't a medical app. However, it is one of the best known and widely used flashcards apps among students, helping them prepare for a diversity of exams.
Brainscape app allows users to find flashcards created by world's top experts and publishers, or professors and students.
Most importantly, Brainscape app allows its users to create their own multimedia flashcards and share their decks with their peers and classmates, and collaboratively develop content together.
Creating, sharing, and finding user-generated flashcards with Brainscape app is free. Access to the unlimited premium content and premium features requires a paid subscription with a price that may vary depending on the subscription option chosen, from $9.99 for a monthly subscription to $79.99 for a lifetime subscription.
The app is available for Android and iOS devices.