The mobile apps that can be helpful to all new interns range from drug and clinical reference tools to practical guidelines and trackers, to medical calculators.
There are many non-medical apps that can also be helpful in the first year of residency, such as apps that keep you organized, cloud and sharing services, lifestyle apps, and so on, but we didn't list them here.
Here, in this list, we only focused on medical apps.
If a hospital or institution is subscribed to UpToDate, interns will be able to have a personal UpToDate account on their iPhone or Android device, or even a computer.
UpToDate app is the ultimate solution for most healthcare professionals who need quick reference tool when looking up diseases and treatment guides.
Medical interns would find it particularly useful for an overview of the pathophysiology, the epidemiology, common symptoms that are evident during a physical examination, and verify medications for patients.
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Lexicomp app is probably the best and the most comprehensive drug reference app that provides clear and concise medication information, including dosing, administration, warnings, and precautions, as well as high-quality clinical content.
However, Lexicomp requires a subscription that ranges from $175 to $798 annually, depending on the package chosen. New users can register and access all the app's databases for free during the 30-day period.
Although it may seem pricey, especially to new interns, Lexicomp is worth every penny, because it is basically a whole medical school placed in an app.
The app is available on Android and iPhone.
New interns need to stay up to date on the latest medical research and topic reviews during their first year of residency. Having medical literature, journals, studies, and clinical cases at their fingertips is something that could help them greatly.
Read by QxMD is one of the most popular apps that helps medical professionals keep up with new articles from various medical journals, and track their continuing medical education (CME) credits.
The most important thing – it's free. Interns can download and install the app on both Android and iOS devices.
Clinicians need a good medical calculator and the new interns are no different. There are a lot of calculators available for both Android and iPhone, but MDCalc app remains the most popular tool for medical calculations and clinical decision support among the providers.
It is a multifunctional tool that combines medical calculators and algorithms with well-referenced and evidence-based expert content, which all makes it a must-have for any physician looking for a great clinical decision support for different specialties.
MDCalc is available on iOS and Android.
JN Challenge App
Interns are supposed to use their residency practice to improve their diagnosis management skills and medical knowledge. Having the ability to test their knowledge and skills would be more than welcome.
The JAMA Network developed JN Challenge app that all interns and residents may use to test and improve their diagnostic and management skills by using peer-reviewed case reports and images from across The JAMA Network.
JN Challenge app covers many specialties, including Cardiovascular Medicine, Dermatology, Surgery, and more.
It is available for free on Android and iOS devices.
Eponyms or eponymous medical signs are names given to diseases, clinical findings, and anatomical structures, that can be used to summarize or communicate a complex abnormality or injury with your peers.
But there are thousands of eponyms, and no matter how good your ability to remember names might be, you could have trouble remembering them all. This could lead to an inappropriate use, and to potentially dangerous miscommunication.
Eponyms app is a comprehensive database of more than 1,700 entries that could help medical interns and residents learn more about common and obscure medical eponyms.
The lack of detailed information and reference links doesn't make it particularly useful as a point-of-care tool, but rather a handy reference guide.
Eponyms app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Decision making is the most difficult part of practicing medicine. A single mistake in judgment or dosing could often have fatal consequences.
This is why it's important that providers, including interns and residents, use reliable decision-making tools that are available on mobile devices.
Clinical Sense app uses gamification principles to allow providers test their clinical decision-making skills by solving various challenging clinical cases and scenarios. The app includes 75 cases which cover different scenarios across various specialties.
Clinical Sense app is primarily an educational tool, not the decision making support tool for direct bedside patient care, which makes it more suitable for medical students and interns.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
The ability to record and track clinical skills and interventions is an important part of learning cycle for medical students.
Medical residents from the US have a couple of solutions, the best-known being ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) website, which offers the procedure and cases tracking for physicians.
However, most residency programs, especially primary care specialties are not permitted to use the procedure log from ACGME website because it requires surgical specialties only.
Primary care residents can resort to other solutions, which are available as web-based or mobile apps that could help track resident evaluations, procedures, as well as competencies and milestones.
Clinical Skills app is one of such apps, designed for clinicians allowing them to quickly record and track their clinical skills and keep an accurate record of their airway and skills interventions on primary care or ER shifts.
It is free to use on both iOS and Android.
Current, credible and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are essential to the efforts to improve the quality of healthcare.
Medical providers, including physicians, clinicians, as well as interns and residents are expected to use the clinical practice guidelines to help guide clinical decision making.
But, many providers are not comfortable with using these guidelines and applying them to their own individual practice, mostly because of their busy schedules that don't allow them much spare time.
Guideline Central app tries to improve this problem by bringing clinical practice guidelines to providers' mobile devices.
This useful tool for daily clinical practice is available for free on both Android and iOS and it provides access to more than 2,600 guidelines indexed by the organization, profession, specialty and categories from more than 30 well-known medical associations.