Making the transition to an all digital workflow can be very challenging when all of your notes and books are in paper form. The easiest time to make this transition is before starting the curriculum. Having said that, making the jump part way is doable but comes with its own growing pains. However, it helps to go into the transition with a plan. Here are some options that are available on how to create a digital workflow in a primarily mobile setting.
As the industry of mobile computer continues to expand, we will have more clinical and academic tools to increase our productivity. The following are all of the apps that have made a mark on the transition to mobile medicine and digital education. (Note: All apps currently listed are in the iOS marketplace).
I do not have an Android device so I could not comment on this. I did look around and asked a friend who does. His personal recommendations sound very similar to mine, I will simply list them here. Note that these are more clinically useful once you are in medicine:
Unfortunately the mantra that “there is an app for everything” does not really hold true for many situations, such as the MCAT. Your best tool there is to buy a review book, do practice exams or to take an MCAT preparation course.
The recent rise of smartphones and tablets has opened up the doors for new ways we can use technology in our day-to-day lives. From reading news to playing games, it seems that we suddenly have a lot more options and a lot more flexibility.
Medicine has leveraged these advances to make tools and utilities that can take advantage of the new market, where a computer and more importantly the software that is on it has become portable.
Nearing the start of my clinical years, I present to you my list of phone and tablet apps that I currently use or have used in the past that I feel will continue to be useful for any medical student.
Disclaimer: The following apps are all available for iOS. Availability online, on Android, Blackberry, or any other operating system may vary depending on the author of the respective programs.