Drug Reference – You will want a reference that will allow you to check for side-effects, cross-reference interactions, correct dosings, and safety information on the fly. A must-have for any budding clinician.
ePocrates (Free/Premium) – The current standard of drug references. The Premium edition gives you access to OTC medications, and an information database with common diagnoses and labs. It also has Pill ID, Interactions, and a small list of equations.
LexiComp (Subscription) – A more substantial version of ePocrates with a larger database and more tools. Free subscription can be obtained through the AMEDD virtual library for those with an AKO/DKO account. Slightly harder to navigate through than ePocrates.
Calculators – Clinical equations, both for lab values and clinical guidance calculators. Often, one program will have equations that others don’t.
QxCalculate (Free) – No information available
Mediquations ($4.99) – A lot of calculators, conveniently sorted by category.
Medicalc ($0.99) – No information available
Clinical – Tools to be used in the every-day clinical setting, whether inpatient or outpatient.
OB Wheel (Free) – Gestational age and due date calculator.
Normal Lab Values ($1.99) – Ranges of normal values for a lot of standard and specialty-
specific lab tests.
Diagnosaurus DDx ($0.99) – An excellent resource for those just starting on their clinical
rotations. Selecting a particular organ system or diagnosis, it will give you a large differential diagnosis and other differentials. There is no information on likelihood or required tests, but a great tool for broadening your differential or remembering all your zebras or horses.
AHRQ ePSS (Free) – Preventive medicine straight from the US Publlic Services Task Force. The search option allows you to narrow down the counseling/tests required, and the tools offer a lot of questionnaires. However, it is difficult to navigate through, especially in a hurry.
Reference – many of these references are things that are available on the internet or in reference books for free. Their appeal is in having the ability to look them up quickly when you don’t have a book (clinic/bedside) or are in an internet dead-zone (inside of a hospital).
Medscape (Free) – A reference source from webMD. Lots of information, tailored to both the clinician and the patient.
SkyScape (Free) – The main application is free. This app serves as a store within the iPhone, allowing you to purchase other resources, such as Netter’s, full reference books, and other tools.
Eponyms (Free) – Specific to medical eponyms for diseases, syndromes, and a few tests. Organized alphabetically without a search function or separation into categories makes it difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. Because it’s much less complete than med abbrevs, it’s often easier to find it if you’re looking for only an eponym.
Merck Manual ($49.95) – A large general medical reference. It also allows you to mark
favorites and have an outline of the article you’re reading.
National Center for Telehealth and Technology (Free). Mobile apps for TBI and PTSD
Study Materials – similar to reference materials, but focused on reviewing material or as quick questions.
Netter’s ($76.95) – Available in a stand-alone version, or often through another app, it allows you to test your anatomy. It also allows you to pull up and show a particular anatomy slide to a patient. This will often help with discussing their diagnosis or procedure. Anatomy, histology, and other subjects are available.