In case it is not totally obvious, I love utilizing technology. I am amazed at new gadgets that come out and how they have the potential to make things so much easier. While I do appreciate moments of fasting from technology, I find using it on this journey to becoming a doctor can be extremely helpful. Here are a few apps that I have found that just might help you on your journey as well. (All prices are based from the Apple AppStore.)
Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED: All Systems- I bought this app to help during my A&P class this year and have used it more than I expected. With detailed cadaver dissections and labeling, this app has everything from muscles and vasculature to nerves and histology slides. It is difficult to learn anatomy by just looking at names and descriptions. In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Being able to see the body and virtually dissect through the layers to see the whole picture is invaluable. At $49.99, the price is a bit steep, however when compared to other anatomy apps available, it is reasonable. There also is a condensed version with just the skeletal and muscular systems for $12.99.
Stanford Apps: Both of these apps are more geared toward medical students, however, they are interesting and will be helpful in the future.
- Stanford Medicine 25- This app was created as a reference to remind Stanford students of what they learned in their hands-on class. It contains videos and information of how to perform physical exams from head to toe. (Free)
- Crisis Code- This resource includes videos, lectures, and quizzes about how to respond during a cardiac arrest in a hospital situation. (Free)
Kaplan MCAT Flashcards- This app is very simple and straightforward. It contains 50 flashcards for each of the four MCAT science test subjects: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics. You can track which cards you know and filter the sets to only test you on the ones you don’t. I love that because it is an app, you can take your MCAT studying with you wherever you go. With so much to study for this test, having the accessibility of being able to study wherever you are is extremely useful. (Free for a limited time)
MCAT in General: While studying for the MCAT, I searched for study tools in iTunes and was surprised by how much I found. Not only are there many flashcard apps, but podcasts and iTunesU episodes as well. When I couldn’t read another word from my study book, I found watching a video of a chemistry lecture was easier to do while still being able to absorb the information.
Finding different ways to study helps to break up monotony and prevent burnout. This is why I love using technology, from apps to videos, so that I can still be learning but in a more fun and engaging way. What types of technology do you use on your medical journey? Share them by leaving a comment below.
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