Mobile Apps


The attached annotation guide was prepared by 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years students as a guide for incoming students for use with electronic annotation of course material.

The Apps listed below were suggestions from students, residents, faculty and librarians.


From Students
Epocrates (free) iOS
First Consult (free) iOS
Lexicomp (free) iOS
Medscape (free) iOS
NEJM (free) iOS
Skyscape (free) iOS
StudyBlue (free) iOS

I use Epocrates, First Consult, Medscape, StudyBlue and Skyscape. Medscape is the best one in my opinion.

I find Medscape and Epocrates incredibly useful.  Lexicomp is useful too, but I find Epocrates to be easier to navigate.  The NEJM app is decent with article summaries, updates, etc.

From (Peds) Residents & Faculty
AHRQ ePSS (free) iOS , Android – suggests preventive screening based on gender and age

eMedicine Web – the free online version of the medscape app, but has more entries. It’s a medications reference (doses, contraindications, etc), and has diagnosis differential, presentation and treatment for almost any condition

Epocrates (free) – see above (Epocrates is the best pharm app out there)
Growth Chart App (free) iOS
IDC-10 Consult (free) iOS
Pediatric i-pocketcards ($10) iOS
Red Book App (can get with your AAP subscription)
VisualDx (free) iOS , Android – great dermatology / rash diagnostic resource

From the Library
The URL for our mobile site is :
And the apps listed on our mobile website are at :

The categorized lists contain both free and paid apps. The LibGuide’s content and the mobile site contain nearly the same information. Some of the apps as indicated are not for Apple or Android but not both. It is a small number.

Here is a link to our Apps for Health Sciences-RBHS (formerly Mobile Device Resources):

Dynamed is a great resource and is comparable to Up To Date. To install it as an authorized Rutgers/RBHS user the student would access Dynamed from the library home page, and on the Dynamed page click the Mobile link at the top left. A pop up box asks for an email address and the students NJMS email should be used. The email should be opened on the mobile device iPhone / android and the install process should be intuitive from there.

Our students also use Epocrates, those who find the link to the Free Epocrates Essential for medical students use that enhanced content that has Symptoms and Diagnosis.  There are also simple free apps like Eponyms that are on our list and are used. The content that we have is actually impressive. There is not a lot for preclinical or basic science that are in the guide. But there are anatomy apps available and USMLE prep tools like flashcards that student do use.

ClinicalKey replaced First Consult and I think that the company is planning to discontinue FC soon, if they have not already done so. Here is a link to the pass-through page: Clinical Key

DynaMed (free) iOS
Eponyms (free) iOS

From Faculty
We will be using the ebook for Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking from Inkling.
(free – $55 – $120) iOS

iMedicalApps is a site run by med students and physicians with reviews for Apps and it’s also a great resource for medical Apps.

iAnnotate iOS
GoodReader iOS

are two popular document readers with built-in annotation tools. iAnnotate has a stronger set of tools for drawing and navigating and GoodReader is better at connecting to a greater number of document and storage sites.

For quick notes, you can use the Notes app, which can be synced with the web and other devices.

Evernote iOS also syncs your notes (including audio and photos) to the web and your other devices, and has a more extensive feature set than the Notes app.

JotNot Pro iOS helps you capture whiteboard photos in a legible and meaningful way and is useful for grabbing a quick snapshot after a meeting or brainstorming session.

If you would like to try using your iPad for hand-written notes, apps like

Penultimate iOS
Notability iOS
SoundNote iOS

are good places to start. Notability and Sound Note both include audio recording and ways to sync audio with written notes.

If anyone has any suggestions for Apps that they have found useful, please email us at and we will add it to our Mobile Apps summary page.

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by tssadmin

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