Useful smartphone applications

The Doctors in Training (DiT) Committee has put together a list of  useful smartphone applications. These applications may be of interest to medical students and trainee medical officers.

  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine: costs the full price of the book, but much more portable!
  • UpToDate: as an SA Health employee, you can get the UpToDate app (full functionality) for free!
  • Mediquations: useful list of automated clinical scores to assist patient management
  • Convert: useful for when elderly patients give you height/weight in Imperial measures
  • VoCal: useful audio reminder application for the 16:30 gentamicin level you can’t forget
  • AMH: the subscription does cost the full price, but it is useful when you can’t find a desktop
  • Dropbox: some cohorts of interns create extensive lists of cheat-sheets/guides and local clinical guidelines on a shared Dropbox folder, which can be very useful on busy cover shifts
  • CommDoc: a very useful consultation language application that can significantly assist with local Indigenous language communication in communities across the Northern Territory
  • EyeChart: this is but one of many available Snellen chart applications, and trust us, you’ll never be able to find a Snellen chart when you need one (if only there were tendon hammer applications too)
  • BugDrug: this somewhat rough but useful application demonstrates which antibiotics are likely to cover different types of bacteria (although it should not replace the Therapeutic Guidelines or an Infectious Diseases consult!)
  • Medscape: this can be a helpful resource, although regular data-heavy updates can be irritating
  • Evernote/Onenote: if you haven’t already got a note taking app, it’s time to start
  • Essential anatomy: this can be useful for demonstrating relevant anatomy to patients.

There are a range of other medical applications available on many topics, some of which may be more or less applicable to you depending on the rotations you conduct and your vocational training intentions (e.g. NIHSS stroke severity grading applications, microbial resistance and antibiotic selection applications, and more).