Free Mobile Apps for Medical Students

BMJ Best Practice

Special Features: 

  • Fast and easy access to clinical questions anytime from anywhere
  • Earn CME/CPD credit while searching for answers to your clinical questions
  • Download/Print CME/CPD certificates
  • Fast Download, minimal storage, available online & offline

Registration & Activation Steps:

  1. Open within University campus or through the link given on the Deanship of Library Website
  2. Get yourself registered by clicking on 'Register' button on the upper right corner of the BMJ website
  3. Download & Install "BMJ Best Practice" Mobile App from 'App Store' or 'Google Play' and login with your username and password.
[Note: For help, contact the library]

Special Features: 
  • At Your Fingertips: Access all subscribed OVID Journals by Al-Jouf University
  • Personalized: Create a collection of your favorite journals & make a reading list of articles that can be viewed/accessed even offline
  • Access Anywhere: Easy to access/read research article from anywhere

Registration & Activation Steps:

  1. Download & install 'OvidToday' mobile app from 'App Store' or 'Google Play'
  2. Access OVID database from Deanship of Library Website and get registered within campus
  3. Click on 'Mobile App' on OVID website and request for 'Access Token'. You will receive an Access Link in your registered Email
  4. Tap that link using your mobile to activate.
[Note: For help, contact the library]

Special Features: 
  • Easy access to clinical content from anywhere even offline
  • Write & save notes about particular topics
  • Bookmark favorites
  • Email topics

Registration & Activation Steps:

  1. Access DynaMed Plus website from Deanship of Library Website within campus and click on 'Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App' link
  2. Enter your email address to receive a message on your mobile and follow the instructions
[Note: For help, contact the library]

Almost A Doctor

Almost A Doctor is an exciting, innovative, online project started in 2009 which aims to create the ultimate free medical resource, for medical students, junior doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. 

Cost: Free
Format Support: iPhone, iPad

Medscape Mobile

Medscape Mobile contains selected information from WebMD's Medscape and eMedicine online sites. This is most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professional for clinical information which includes:
  • Medical news
  • Drug reference and interaction checker tools
  • Disease and condition information
  • Medical calculators
  • Drug formulary information
  • Continuing medical education courses
Cost: All features are available free. Log in required only for the first time using the app. New user can register for a free account.
Format support: iPhone/iPodTouch, iPad and Android

Note: Drug, condition, and procedure reference plus drug interaction checker can be accessed without an internet connection when you select the option to download the clinical reference database.


This popular drug resource is the single most used medical PDA application in order to provide better patient care by delivering the right information, right when it is needed. Health care professionals worldwide use this app to:

  • Find providers for consults and referrals in the Provider directory
  • Review drug prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs.
  • Check the potentially harmful drugs- drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time
  • Select national and regional healthcare insurance formularies for drug coverage information.
  • Identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics
  • Perform dozens of calculations such as BMI and GFR.
  • Access timely medical news and research information

Cost: Free basic version available for all devices. Other versions eg. Premium versions for Epocrates Essentials, require annual subscription fee.
Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

Merck PTE / Merck Medicus

This is a download and local install.

This free application includes Pocket Guide to Diagnostic test and MEDLINE journals from UCentral platform although there are some unique resources including The Merck Manual, Professional Edition and Harrison's Practice - Answers on Demand.

The Merck PTE provides detailed information, state-of-the-art functions and an appealing presentation. It offers university students, teachers and professors the opportunity to learn more about the chemical elements – from classification to elements features to their history of discovery. It contains the following features:

All relevant details regarding the elements of the periodic table
  • New visualizations
  • Integrated molar mass calculator
  • Simple, concise, intuitive user-interface
  • Interactive handling,
  • Multilingual support
  • An internet content is not required after installation, as all content is available within the app.
Cost: This program is free for healthcare professionals. Registration required.
Format Support: Available on Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad, Windows phone


MedCalc is a medical calculator popular since the Palm OS days. It is designed for rapid calculation of common equations used in clinical medicine (including anesthesiology, pediatrics, emergency, intensive care and internal medicine). Its features include:

  • Arithmetical processing
  • Automatic unit conversion
  • MULTICALX Panels
  • Multiple-unit entries
  • Color-coded normal-abnormal outputs
  • Normal values (ranges & limits)
  • Intuitive user interface – and various other features
Cost: Free
Format support: iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad, Android

Calculate QxMD

‘Calculate’ is a clinical calculator and decision support tool for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry, freely available to the medical community. Focused on highlighting tools which are actually useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment or determining prognosis..

Cost: Freely available to medical community
Format Support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

Health Encylopaedia

This free application provides access to the interesting topics published on King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Arabic Health Encyclopedia (KAAHE) website, and keeps the reader updated with the latest health news. KAAHE materials are prepared in cooperation with leading international health websites.

Cost: Free
Format Support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

Visual Anatomy

The app is an educational tool for medical students and an interactive reference for healthcare professionals and physicians. It provides you with a 3D rotational human anatomy model. Here are its other features:
  • 58 high resolution anatomy image
  • Over 300 feature points
  • 8 overview images of Gray’s anatomy
  • Free periodic updates
  • Multi-choice quizzes
  • Muscle descriptions and more
Note: The full version is available on subscription basis.

Cost: Free
Format Support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

A great app for neurologist, neurosurgeons and medical students, it provides you with basic neuro-anatomy information to the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Surgey checklist requirements.

  • Supported by Surgical Neurology International, the European Association of Neurosurgival Societies (EANS) and
  • Contains a 113 scores relevant to neurosurgical practice
  • 18 neurosurgical classifications

Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free

About Herbs

A very useful app containing more than 200 monographs describing the structure, purported uses, adverse effects, and drug interactions of various herbs, botanicals, supplements, and complementary therapies. This app is compatible with iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad.

Format support: iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free


A perfect free tool to quickly look up the meaning of any eponym. The simple app performs an equally simple function. It’s a dictionary (derived from of 1700+ medical eponyms. The menu is straightforward but you have to click on a category or the “All Eponyms” option to reveal the search button. Once you began typing your search the app will auto-populate a list of results. When you select a result, you’re presented with the definition of the eponym.

Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free

First Aid

Everyone, who is not already an expert in first-aid, should have this app in their phone. It gives good advice for a variety of situations where you could help someone, even perhaps saving their life.

Format support: iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free


This Medical Resources app is used by more than 2.5 million healthcare professionals to access the medical resources they know and trust at the point of care. This valuable decision-support tool helps physicians, nurses, students and other professionals find the right answers, right away. The free Skyscape app comes loaded with a valuable package of medical resources, including drug information, medical calculators and clinical information on over 850 topics.

Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free

Prognosis : Your Diagnosis

Designed with busy physicians in mind, this free app presents an engaging series of clinical case scenarios which assess the decision making skills of the player. This award winning app is a great way for practicing physicians to develop and maintain their clinical acumen in a risk-free setting. It is also very useful practice material for medical students and other healthcare professionals facing their academic and professional licensure exams.

Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free

Speed Anatomy Quiz Free

Speed Anatomy is an addictive game that tests your speed and challenges your knowledge of human anatomy! It is the most fun anatomy quiz out there.

  • Contains close to 300 labeled parts from all the main regions of the body.
  • Earn points for precision and speed.
  • A magnifying glass appears when holding your finger on an image allowing you to achieve more precision and higher scores.
This free app makes life easy for those tackling anatomy for high school, university or even medical school. Practice mode allows you to learn specific regions without doing all the previous levels. Contains 28 levels including an overview of bones, muscles, arteries, veins, respiratory system and digestive system also more detailed levels covering bones, lungs, pharynx, larynx, nasal cavity, oral cavity, dentition, liver, pancreas, brain, auditory system and visual system.

Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad
Cost: Free

PubMed Mobile

A very useful and handy free application to search PubMed database with over 21 million citations for biomedical articles and life science journals. The app is compatible with Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad. Some of the features include:
  • Keyword search with options
  • Save search query
  • Email citations
  • View abstracts
  • Link to full article if available
  • Post a comment for an article to public
  • Write a note to yourself
  • View public comments for an article
Format Support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

Quick Labref

The app provides quick look at the up-to-date information on the most commonly used clinical laboratory values and other useful relevant information such as lab data in Microbiology, Physiology / Pathophysiology, Toxicology, etc. Normal values reference are provided in both Conventional Units (CU) and, whenever available, in units of the “Sistème International” (SI). The app takes all of the standard lab values in

Format Support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPadmedicine and places them into one easy to use application.
Cost: Free

The app is designed for students in health professions (medical, nursing, allied health) learning to record and interpret medical lab values from Complete Blood Chemistry (CBC), Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) and Arterial Blood Gas (ABG). You can see illustrations noting the basic parts of lab reports and short-hand figures, videos explaining general steps for interpreting labs, and exercises that present lab results and associated conditions. Be able to see if a lab value is normal, low/high, or critical

Cost: Freely available
Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad

With this app medical professionals can discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mentalillness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around the interactive brain structures.

Cost: Free
Format support: Android, iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad