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Top 10 iPhone medical apps for Internal Medicine physicians and residents

Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our new Top 10 free iPad medical apps piece

The Medical App category of Apple’s App Store is a chaotic hodgepodge of thousands of applications, very few of which are potentially useful to healthcare professionals, and dominated by irrelevant, trivial, or even downright dangerous apps.

Here at iMedicalApps, we do the heavy lifting for you, finding apps that could potentially benefit you in clinical practice or education and vet them for utility. In this fashion, today we rank our Top 10 Apps for Internal Medicine resident physicians. Today’s rankings will represent the first of a series of Top 10 Apps lists for other specialties, including Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and OB-GYN.

Internal Medicine residents are extraordinarily busy, spending their very full days doing their best to keep up with heavy inpatient ward responsibilities, calls and tasks from clinic patients, ongoing clinical research projects, presentations for resident reports and journal clubs, and Step III and board preparation, all the while trying to keep abreast of the latest medical literature and evidence-based medicine guidelines.

As such, our Top 10 Apps are meant to allow Internal Medicine residents to maximize their efficiency with daily routine and tasks, to serve as compelling instructional tools to educate residents and help them become better physicians, and, most importantly, to enhance clinical care by aiding in diagnosis and management.

As you will see, our Top 10 encompasses the gamut of clinical utility and education, including a medical calculator, a dedicated drug reference, a medical translation tool, a procedure guide, and a medical journal app, to name a few, representing a basic “toolkit” of sorts for the Internal Medicine Resident — or, for a general Internal Medicine physician as well.

Moreover, 9 of the 10 apps on our list are free or less than a dollar! Read below the jump to see our list of the Top 10 iPhone Apps for Internal Medicine Residents.

10. AHRQ ePSS

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s electronic Preventive Services Selector (AHRQ ePSS) was designed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to assist primary care clinicians in identifying what screening, counseling, and preventive services are appropriate for their patients. AHRQ ePSS’s information is based on the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, and has proven itself as a useful tool in my continuity clinic, where preventive care plays an important part.

Especially at the outset of my training, AHRQ ePSS allowed me to input a patient’s age and other demographic variables, generating the USPSTF-appropriate screening and counseling guidelines for the patient. Moreover, this app offers links to a handful of useful tools (including various screening instruments and patient brochures). In summary, AHRQ ePSS is a very useful tool for the primary care clinic setting, especially for screening, counseling, and preventive care.

Our Full Review: forthcoming

iTunes Link

Cost: Free

Author:

Amit Patel, MD

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8 Responses to Top 10 iPhone medical apps for Internal Medicine physicians and residents

  1. drrjv May 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Micromedix is often ignored but much better than ePocrates or Medscape when looking for pharmacology.

    • Iltifat Husain May 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Yep — one of the unsung apps for physicians in the app store. Love
      how it has no frills and its simplicity.

  2. Younes May 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    lexi complete is wonderful.

    • Gene February 7, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      yes, lexi is the best drug database, but it’s expensive…micromedex is free, and better than epocrates

  3. cc August 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Micromedex is the best pharm app. But if you have access to a clinical pharmacist, that’s much better.

  4. Amanda October 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    PEPID didn’t make the list but takes the cake for me. I would rather pay for quality content I can trust. Many of the companies that offer “Free” apps are offered incentives by pharmaceutical companies to prioritize their drug lists. http://www.pepid.com/

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