5 Apps You Need to Download for Your Clinical Rotations

5 Apps You Need to Download for Your Clinical Rotations

Hey all! Third-year of medical school is tough! You’re finally learning the ropes of being a doctor. You’re spending your days in the hospital and your nights studying. It’s a busy, but rewarding time. To make it a little easier for you, I’m sharing a few apps that I found extremely helpful during my clinical rotations. Hopefully, you will too!

MD Calc

MDCalc - Wikipedia

This is an AMAZING app! It helps you calculate common scores that you will need throughout many rotations. I’ve used this mostly on internal medicine, but also on surgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, etc! You can easily calculate scores like CHADSVASC or HEART. You can calculate fluid, local anesthetic dosing, etc.


Implementing UpToDate : University of Dayton, Ohio

This is the Google for doctors! Most medical schools give students access to UptoDate (I believe the subscription for it is really pricey!). So, check with your school before you purchase it! It’s the perfect tool to read up on your patients’ conditions. I like to use it to review the diagnosis criteria, pathophysiology, treatment, and management for diseases. I highly highly recommend this app!

Epic aka Haiku

Epic Haiku & Limerick on the App Store

If your hospital uses Epic, you can get the app on your phone to help look up lab values on rounds, follow the final read of imaging, etc. You do need to configure it with your hospital, which may take a call to your IT department.


ACOG on the App Store

This is a super easy app to use and I used it a tone during my oby/gyn rotation. You can use it to calculate gestational age, estimate delivery dates, review immunization schedules, current treatment guidelines, and more! You need to be familiar with these guidelines to do well in the clinical setting and on the shelf exam.

For Family Medicine, USPSTF Prevention TaskForce

USPSTF Prevention TaskForce on the App Store

This is another must-have app! I referenced these guidelines multiple times during my rotation both in clinic and while studying for the exam! Essentially, you put in your patient’s demographic information (i.e. age, gender) and their screening recommendations will populate (i.e. mammogram). These screening guidelines are definitely high-yield for the shelf exam!

Are there any apps I missed? Comment below and let me know!


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