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Medical student? There’s an app for that!


The popularity of health tech has surged, with wearable health and fitness monitors becoming the norm and virtual reality becoming a part of a mainstream.

However, tech is now changing the way medical students are learning vital skills, as they find more efficient ways to process huge amounts of knowledge in a more hands-on manner.

According to studies, when information from textbooks is practiced in real life, the knowledge is less likely to be forgotten, with universities urging students to download medical apps to aid their learning.

An example of this is surgical simulation app Touch Surgery, which was evaluated by Imperial College London to see how an app could improve students surgical skills. In this study, a multiple choice exam about a surgical procedure was given to a group of novice medical students who scored between 1-11% compared to 89-95% of experts tested.

After six cycles of learning on the app, the novices improved to 90-98%, matching those who were far more experienced.

Jean Nehme, surgeon and CEO Touch Surgery, talks about the different types of apps students are using to improve their surgical techniques.


  1. Complete Anatomy


Described at WWDC as “A world-class education tool that utterly transforms the way people learn about the human body”, Complete Anatomy is an app available for iPad that allows users to explore the human anatomy in 3D. It allows users to learn over 9000 structures and look through each layer of the human body with unique cutting and drawing tools. There are also interactive quizzes, recordings and more to share with fellow students on the cloud-based platform.

  1. Prognosis: Your Diagnosis


Prognosis: Your Diagnosis is an app that allows future doctors and nurses to test their diagnostic ability with visually simulated clinical cases. Each case has a short, but in-depth analysis of the diagnostic process, followed by an up-to-date discussion on the specific condition.

  1. Figure 1


Described by The Guardian as the “Instagram for Doctors”, Figure 1 allows doctors to share images of diseases, injuries and more. The founders of Figure 1 argue that thousands of texts, emails and messages are sent a day between doctors with images of curious cases and this app provides a more secure and useful alternative. Whilst built for doctors, anyone can join the service and it offers medical students the chance to see real life cases outside of a textbook before they qualify.

  1. Orca Health’s Decide Series


Orca Health aims to make understanding anatomy easier for students and patients. Their apps are split into different body parts such as ‘Spine Decide’, ‘Knee Decide’ and ‘Heart Decide’. In the app, students can view the anatomy of each part, access exercises and extra material to help learn how to teach patients.

  1. Learn Muscles


Learn Muscles is a visual reference app that works as an education tool for students. It includes 141 high quality muscle images with name, action, origin, insertion and comments. It also includes a quiz maker for students to test themselves as well as six short videos to complement its visual imagery.

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