Psychiatry clerkship apps

Psychiatry clerkship apps

Psychiatry clerkship apps

There are not a lot of options for Psychiatry apps as the ones available are mainly textbooks that cost in excess of $50 each. But there are some mobile platforms that enables students to learn Psychiatry “on the go” — and for the shelf exam and USMLE.

Current Psychiatry

A great app that’s a journal form of its given name – created by a team at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. It’s a free app and one you should use during your clerkship rotations.

The app has a list of very interesting cases / videos / podcasts to listen to. Students can utilize this app from when they are in their cars to when they are on the actual rotation to read and listen to interesting case based presentations.

The app has two big downsides though – Not available for the Android platform, and the User Interface is sluggish.

iTunes Link

Android Link: Unfortunately, not available for Android.

Price: Free

My Video Demonstration:

First Aid for Psychiatry Clerkship App

This is considered the “gold standard” for studying for the Psychiatry shelf exam and for USMLE step 2. The textbook costs $50.00, and the mobile version is $40.00. Out of all the textbooks / mobile apps, it’s the best one for studying for the Psych shelf exam.

If you want to use the book on a Kindle, Android tablet, or iPad, you can consider the electronic version. The electronic version on the iPhone and Android doesn’t cross over well at all. My suggestion — don’t download it to view on your iPhone or Android phone.

The most cost effective option is to buy a used copy on Amazon so you can re-sell it as well.

Amazon link

iTunes link

Psych on Demand

Developed by a chief resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School – it’s a nice app to have for rotations as the app provides critical clinical stratification scores, as well as Scales. My favorite part of the app is the “Use and Interpretation sections”.

The “Use and Interpretation” section really allows students to get a clinical understanding of the specific scale, the literature behind it, and how to use the results with their patients.

A downside of this app is it’s not available for Android yet.

Don’t download the app prior to your Psychiatry clerkship. Look at the video I made, and then if you think the app will be useful, download it.

iTunes Link

Android Link: Unfortunately, not available for Android.

Price: $1.99

My video demonstration:

Psychiatry Pre-Test

Psychiatry Pre-Test is a popular textbook that has been converted to app form. It’s basically a question bank that helps students study for the shelf exam. Students can consider utilizing this study tool for the shelf and also to help with studying for Step 2. The app is free to download, but in order to utilize the question bank for Psychiatry you have to make an in-app purchase of $29.99.

If you want an iPhone or Android specific app that will help with your Shelf, this is the one to get. It helps you learn in mobile form, so between patients or if you have downtime, you can learn efficiently. I would choose either the First Aid Psychiatry clerkship book mentioned above (remember I don’t suggest the electronic version of it), or downloading this app.

iTunes Link

Android Link

Price: $29.99

My video demonstration:

Not so traditional resources

iTunes University

iTunes University is a way for anyone (in this case medical schools), to put up video / audio lectures on particular content. It’s an area that is not well known, but if you dig deep enough has some solid resources and content.

The great thing with iTunes University is you don’t need to have an Apple device to use it — although it works best on iPhones and iPads. You can download iTunes on any computer, and get access to the video or audio lectures.

Psychiatry by Oxford University

Oxford University has a great podcast developed by their Psychiatry department that is aimed squarely at medical students. There are fantastic lectures on Dementia, Delirium, along others. The great thing about their lectures is they aren’t that long — ranging from 10 to 30 minutes.


Cost: Free

My video demonstration:

Psychiatry Grand Rounds by Arizona Health Sciences

Grand rounds from Arizona’s School of medicine. There are some solid lectures here. The lectures are in video format but can be listened to from an audio perspective as well.

Unfortunately, the videos are pretty long, about 45 minutes to an hour. I would recommend students utilize the Oxford series before the one presented by Arizona. However, if these is a specific topic you want more information on, you can find it in the Arizona series of lectures and learn from them.


Cost: Free


You can use any generic podcast app to utilize the following Podcasts. You don’t even need a mobile device to listen to podcasts. You can download iTunes, or any other generic podcast listener on your computer.

Harvard Psychiatry Podcasts

Podcasts from Harvard professors, these podcasts are lectures (audio and videos) about specific psychiatry topics. The lectures are long, 45 minutes to 1 hour, but done extremely well.

This would be good listening while in the car to help supplement what you’re already learning on your Psychiatry clerkship.


Cost: Free

My video demonstration:

American Journal of Psychiatry

From the American Journal of Psychiatry – these are podcasts that students can subscribe to on their iPhones or Android phones. You can use these short podcasts to have an understanding about new developments in Psychiatry.

I would recommend students utilize these podcasts to stimulate discussions with attendings.


Cost: Free

Websites to Bookmark

Psychiatry Online Guidelines


This is a great website to quickly read about major psychiatry guidelines. Parts of the guidelines need login access, but most of it does not. The guidelines are produced by the American Psychiatry Association. This is the “source material”, that board review questions can come from.

Psychiatry Clerkship Utah

This website is for the clerkship at Utah’s SOM, but has great resources that can be used on a daily basis – such as mini mental status exams, and other clinical tools.

If you know of other resources that can be used, don’t hesitate to contact me via email, or to place a comment at the end of this article as well.

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