Apps to help with Pharmacology understanding and USMLE board prep

Apps to help with Pharmacology understanding and USMLE board prep

Apps to help with Pharmacology understanding and USMLE board prep

The following are mobile tools that can be utilized to get a better understanding of Pharmacology. Some of these tools can help with Board studying, while other tools are meant for supplementing course work.

TRC Pharmacology

A free app that is developed by LUMC Leiden (Leiden University Medical Center). LUMC is a University hospital in the Netherlands (teaches medical students).

The app does a fantastic job of teaching pharmacology in an innovative manner – it uses graphs, live diagrams, and rich multimedia to get across key aspects of pharmacology.

It teaches not only specific drug class pharmacology, but more broad pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.

The app has a quiz portion for every section, something that is essential to help study for the USMLE, and to get a better understanding of the general mechanisms.

The app is Euro centric — so use this app with that understanding. For example, when you click hyperlinks to the drugs within certain articles, it takes you to a page that is Dutch. However, by no means is that a deterrent to use this app, as the content is all referenced and vetted by the faculty at the school.

The diagrams and mechanisms of action explained are worth enough of the download.

There are still sections they are working on updating, but as the app stands, it’s free, and an essential source for supplementing the teaching that we do for pharmacology at Wake Forest.

In my video demonstration, I show how you can use this app for studying, as well as the quiz sections.

Price: Free

iTunes Link

Google Play Link

My video demonstration:

Pharmacology Mnemonics

This is a wonderfully designed app from a User Interface perspective. The app comes from a single app developer, Rahul Gosain. Unfortunately – the information in the app is not referenced, but this is merely medical mnemonics.

It’s not supposed to be used to learn new pharmacology – rather, it helps you create mnemonics to help you memorize the pharmacology that you are studying.

Although the app doesn’t contain references and isn’t from a large publisher – it’s only $0.99, and it contains a wealth of mobile friendly information.

Students can use this app while they are on the go to remember essential things. For example, if a student is waiting in line and wants a mnemonic for potassium increasing agents: “K-Bank” : K – sparing drugs | B eta Blockers | A CE-I | N SAID | K supplement. Sure – it doesn’t include Bactrim or Tacrolimus – but it did hit the big ones.

Price: $0.99

iTunes Link

Android Link

My video demonstration:

Pharmacology LANGE Flash Cards

This is a production of McGraw-Hill, and a more traditional study app. It is to be used by medical students to learn pharmacology using flash cards on your mobile device – in preparation for the USMLE.

The app is free to download — but if you want the over 200 case questions, you have to pay $34.99. The overall user interface of the app is sad(seriously), but he information contained is actually pretty solid.

This is an application I am on the fence about recommending to students due to the price and lack of significant amount of content.

But — this is a “traditional” app from a large publisher and is aimed towards studying for the boards.

Price: $34.99

iTunes Link

Android Link

UBC Med Formulary

UBC Med Formulary is an app from the University of British Columbia’s medical school. The app’s goal is to help medical students understand drug classes, their mechanisms of actions, indications, among other things.

The app is free to download, and contains an interesting quiz section that is basically a reversal of all the content contained in the app. The Quiz section alone is a way to learn in the app, as the video I made demonstrates.

The information is not cited in the app, but the people who created the app are from the medical school, and it is clear extensive beta testing has been done by the school itself. Similar to TRC pharmacology (mentioned above) – the app does have some quirks, as some of the content in the app is contained as a direct supplement to the blocks at UBC’s medical school.

But it should be stressed again that this app can be used for all medical students, and it’s price is free – enabling easy / quick mobile learning for medical students from anywhere.

I recommend students to use this app primarily in the Quiz mode – that is where the app provides the most utility. In the video I demonstrate quiz mode.


Android Link

My Video Demonstration:

Reference the prior Pathology Post in regards to how you can use Quizlet to study Pharmacology as well. The app has several decks fellow students have made to study pharmacology for the boards.

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