iPhone apps for Docs

1.  Epocrates – this is probably on the phone of every medical student, resident and practicing doc in the United States.  It’s a great database of information that’s easy to navigate. 


2.  Medscape – similar to Epocrates, but not as commonly used (at least where I practice).  It sounds really good, though.


3.  MedCalc.  The name says it all – easy calculation of medical formulas.  This is another app that is on the iPhone of every doctor I know.


4. Eponyms.  Medical students struggle with learning the eponyms associated with diseases, anatomy, etc.  This is a mini dictionary of 1700 eponyms.


4.  Medical Spanish.  This really lets you do the basics (until the interpreter gets there)


5. iMurmur.  You have to use the earbuds, but this is really good app to learn (and review) heart sounds.


6. Evernote. You have to play with this to fully grasp how powerful it is.  In a nutshell, you store “notes” on a server for free.  (Premium, which is $45/year lets you add attachments and increases your storage and is well worth the money).  Notes can be web pages, text from the internet, documents, photos, or voice recording.  Most importantly, you can search all your notes (and it has text recognition for photos, too).  In effect, it’s like having a “google” of your own notes.  Download the desktop app as well as the iphone app if you choose to use this – it makes it even more flexible by letting you create folders.


7. Remember The Milk.  This is the “to do list” app that I use.  It’s gotten really good reviews, but I’m sure there are other task lists that are good out there to.  This has it’s own email address for you, so you can forward emails to your RTM account which then become “tasks” on your list.  You can create categories, set reminders, etc – all in all it’s a great app.



8.  Pandora radio.  Check this out on the web first and then download the iphone app.  This started as a PhD dissertation on the “music genome” – trying to find out what make certain music similar to other music (and why that could be used to define what you like).  The end result is personalized music – for free.  It’s nice to have on your phone to listen to when doing paperwork or waiting on call.


9.  Peggle.  Ok, you may think this one is silly (and it is a little).  I’m not at all a video or computer game person, but I read about this game in an article on stress reduction.  It’s addicting, fun and most people who play it would agree with pilot studies that show it reduces stress.


If you have an app that you think should be added to the list, please comment!