Apple's picks for apps for doctors, nurses, patients and medical students

By Heather Mack

Medical Education

Essential Anatomy 5. This $24.99 per year medical study and reference app has 1.1 million user engagements every month. It uses 3D technology to feature over 8,200 structures spanning 11 systems including skin, skeletal, muscles and veins. Quizzes, image sharing and audio pronunciation guides for both Latin and English are also available, and app users and create customized pins and notations throughout the models.
Human Anatomy Atlas is a $24.99 reference for healthcare professionals and in anatomy courses. It includes all body systems, comprehensive gross anatomy of the male and female and definitions, disease descriptions and practice quizzes. There are over 5,000 structures for each model.
Figure 1. Medical professionals use this app to recognize rare conditions, enhance medical knowledge, share information with the global medical community and communicate with each other from remote or isolated locations.
Spine DecideIt costs $74.99 for the full content of this educational tool that uses 3D images to simplify common spinal conditions and treatments.
Heart Pro III. Made in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine, this app was originally featured in the WWDC Keynote in 2012. For $4.99, this app offers 360, 3D horizontal images that can be rotated with a finger swipe, animations, quizzes, audio pronunciations and more.

UCSF NeuroExam. This $19.99 app was developed by the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine to help medical students get over “neurophobia” – the fear of conducting a neurological physical exam.

Touch Surgery. Touting itself as “the OR in your pocket,” this app is a surgical simulator used by over a million medical professionals spanning four languages.

myCME. This is the app version of the popular online source of continuing medical education for healthcare professionals. The app is free, but requires a subscription to myCME. With the app, users can choose activities tailored to each specialty, upload and store CME/CE certificates from any source in one place, set goals, purchase courses from myCME and more.

Muscle System Pro III. This $4.99 app is the iPhone version of a program developed in collaboration with Stanford and now used by most universities as a standard reference and learning tool of muscle systems. It features animations, pronunciations, maps and more.

Pocket Anatomy is a $14.99 app for medical students to boost their anatomy knowledge. It’s a 3D human body rendering wherein students can quickly retrieve any structure and relevant clinical information, plus animations.

Learn Muscles is $2.99 reference guide, testing and educational tool featuring images, pronunciation guides, quizzes, models and videos to learn the muscular system.

Eponyms (for students). A free app with short descriptions of more than 1,700 common and obscure medical names and words.

Skeletal System Pro IIIThis $4.99 app, also developed with Stanford, helps medical students learn the skeletal system via 360 degree rotations of any body part, animations, quizzes, color mapping of certain bones and the ability to draw and make notations on the screen.

RealCME This free app is available to health professionals who are continuing their medical education. It enables clinicians to stay up to date with information and requirements.

Heart Murmur ProFor $2.99, users can learn heart murmurs by listening to 23 heart sounds plus a trove of clinically relevant information, like the best location to hear each murmur, the etiology, treatment options and more.