AppsSo, I volunteered to give a talk for the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education WAAAAY back in early 2010 on “There’s an App for That:  Key Smart Phone Applications for Surviving Residency“. Somehow the lecture date has snuck up on me and it’s next Tuesday! I thought it was a small gathering, but it turns out it’s not. Plus, I keep getting school-wide emails reminding all the residents and fellows to attending!

In a mild panic, I’m asking for the collective group’s help.

Audience: Medical students, residents, fellows across all specialties
Time allotted: 1 hour

Here’s my brainstorming list of the best FREE apps. Remember, these apps should be useful not JUST for Emergency Medicine.

  • Evernote 
  • Dropbox
  • Epocrates
  • New England Journal of Medicine app (weekly podcast, images, videos)
  • Eye Handbook
  • Eye Chart
  • Not really an app, but the camera feature can be useful in many scenarios. For instance, photograph and email a series of EKGs to the Cardiology fellow for a possible STEMI case. Or, take pictures of an intoxicated patient’s massive facial laceration to prove that there is INDEED a large gash extending across the entire forehead.
Other apps worth purchasing:
  • Papers
  • PediStat
Anything others that you can suggest? I’m happy to give you credit for those that I mention in the talk. 


Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at Bio:
Michelle Lin, MD