Basic Info

The following list of apps is not a comprehensive review of the apps available to you. It is simply a starting point that will give you an idea of the apps that LLUSM and the LLUSM Technology Committee have identified as being potentially useful to you. These apps, like the iPad, are a tool to help you learn better and more efficiently, so don't let them become a distraction to you. That said, if you identify apps that you find particularly helpful in your learning, please share them with your class Technology Representative so he/she can add them to this page for all to use! Alternatively, you can post them to the Yammer group iPad Support for MS1s. An additional resource on access to mobile resources for mobile users can be found at the LLU Library Mobile Access Website. A great resource for reviews on medical apps is

LLU School of Medicine Recommended Apps

Below is a list of apps suggested by LLUSM. Descriptions of each are provided in the first part of the respective app categories that comprise the subsequent sections of this webpage.

Adobe Ideas




Evernote (see "PDF Annotator" section of this website for in-depth review of Evernote)

Google Drive

Google Translate

iAnnotate* (see "PDF Annotator" section of this website for in-depth review of iAnnotate)  


iWorks (Keynote, Pages, Numbers)

Littmann SoundBuilder

Mental Case 2*


Notability (see "PDF Annotator" section of this website for in-depth review of Notability)


Pocket Anatomy*


ZOOM Cloud Meetings

*Access to the apps highlighted in yellow will be provided by the School of Medicine. You will receive an email with further information before classes begin.

Learning Management System (Canvas)

LLU uses Canvas as our learning management system where you will find files and other information and tools for your classes. You can access Canvas via your internet browser (e.g. Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) by going to, but we would recommend you use the Canvas App on your iPad. Once downloaded and opened on the iPad:

  1. Enter "LLU" when prompted to enter your school.
  2. On the authentication page, enter your LLU username and password
  3. On the Canvas for iOS window, click "Remember my authorization for this service" so you won't have to login every time you open the app.
  4. Then click Log In.

File Storage

NOTE: NEVER STORE PATIENT PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI) on the cloud or in any apps on your iPad! And never send PHI via unencrypted email either.

DropBox (2-5 GB free)

You can download the app or visit the website. This is the most commonly used cloud drive account due to its ease of use and compatibility with different file types. You can purchase more storage for relatively small amounts.

Google Drive (15 GB free)

Google's cloud storage. File compatibility issues can be problematic with Google Drive since it uses Google Docs instead of actual Microsoft Office files. However, 15 GB for free is hard to beat! You can access Google Drive via the app or the website.

OneDrive (15 GB free)

This is Microsoft's cloud drive, so it interfaces well with the Microsoft Office iPad Apps (including Word and Powerpoint). You can access the drive via the app or the website.

Box (10 GB free)

Very similar to Dropbox, but a different company that offers more free storage space. Access Box via the app or website.

E-Textbook Readers


This app is an eBook reader that is highly interactive. It is designed to help you learn, study, and discover. Once you download the app, you can purchase access to a large number of your recommended textbooks as well as medical review books.


This app is an image-centric personal reader for Anatomy reference materials. From within the app, you can register for the modalityBody store where you'll e able to purchase content such as Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards, Theime Anatomy Atlas, Netter's Histology Flash Cards, Rohen's Photographic Anatomy Flash Cards, Sylvius MR: Atlas of the Human Brain (free!), Clemente's Anatomy Flash Cards, and much more. This is an excellent resource for learning anatomy! You can also upload images with your own notes, locate specific anatomical landmarks and data points quickly with the optimized index, access Google, Wikipedia, and PubMed for additional information on specific structures.

Handwriting Apps

Penultimate (free)

This app was developed by Evernote and thus inferfaces flawlessly with Evernote. It is excellent for helping you achieve natural digital handwriting on the iPad. It is great for taking notes. Wrist protection helps prevent stray marks from appearing on a page regardless of how you grip your writing utencil. There are many styles of paper to choose from for taking notes. This app makes keeping your notes organized very easy with the help of Evernote.

UPAD Lite (free), UPAD (full version; $4.99)

This is an all-in-one app for handwriting, PDF annotation, and photo decorating. The app makes your handwriting look neat, detailed, and sharp. You can lay your hand on the "palm rest" to prevent making errant marks on your document. There are more than 30 styles of paper to use for your note taking. PDF files open directly from email in this app. You can handwrite notes, highlight text, post-it, insert images and shapes, easily share your work via email or the cloud, easily organize your files, and reference images on PDFs in this app. Data recovery is very easy with this app.

Adobe Ideas (free)

This app allows you to draw illustrations with virtual canvas, customizable brushes, and pressure sensitive stylus support. Drawings can be refined using the Adobe Illustrator software. The app provides simple, vector-based drawing tools. Easy to export artwork as a PDF email attachment or you can add it to your iOS photo album as a .jpeg file.

SoundNote ($4.99)

Includes audio recording and ways to sync audio with written notes. In other words, it tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you'll never worry about missing an important detail. During playback, tap a word and soundnotes will jump to the proper time in the audio.

Flashcard and Medical Education Apps

Mental Case 2 ($4.99)

Crease your own or downloaded cards from The flashcards are multimedia and can be synced to iCloud. You can schedule different card decks for study. The flashcards can include text, images, audio and video. Flashcards can also be downloaded from and Mental Case is compatible with OS X as well as iOS. 

Pocket Anatomy ($14.99)

This app contains 11 layers of musculoskeletal, neurovascular, and internal organ content. It also contains cranial and plantar views. All the content resides in the App which means there is no need for WiFi to access the content. You can use the app to quiz yourself in different ways with a variety of options. You can also add your own notes within the app. The content is interactive and multimedia.

Littmann SoundBuilder

This app is a learning tool designed to help improve auscultation skills. There are 14 unique lessons including reviews of murmurs, gallops, and stenosis.

AnkiMobile Flashcards ($24.00)

Flashcard app with spaced-learning algorithms. The app reminds you of material as you're about to forget it. This app supports large card decks of over 100,000 cards. You can study cards without internet connectivity.

Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99)

Works great for making and studying flashcards. The app will focus on the cards you miss. It has and integration that enable you to download existing flashcard decks on topics of interest.

G Flash Pro ($3.99)

Flashcard ap where you make the cards in a google spreadsheet. This app offers multiple study methods (adaptive, flashcard boxes, self-test quizzes, and card matching). It has a fully functional card editor that allows you to create and edit your own card sets from within the app. No limits on the number of cards or card sets. Integrated with the card sets on gWhiz Catalog.

3D Brain (Free)

Provides 3D images of brains with 29 interactive structures. It teaches how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to current research.

NeuroMind (Free)

Considered the #1 app for neurosurgery, rated a "Top App" by iMedicalApps. It is CE-marked for neurosurgery. This app offers interactive clinical decision support, more than 120 clinical classification and grading systems, and some anatomical images for explanation to patients and students.

iSurf BrainView (Free)

This app is a Brain MRI tutor based on its automatic segmentation of T1 MRI images of the brain. Great for learning neuroanatomy and how to read brain MRI scans.

iStethoscope ($0.99)

App that allows you to listen to your heartbeat and see your heart waveform as well as your bowel sounds.

General Medical Apps

Epocrates (Free)

Epocrates is a very popular medical app. The free version only comes with Epocrates Rx (including pill identifier, internet connection needed). However, EpocratesEssentials comes with disease monographs, diagnostic tests and hi-res images. Sometimes EpocratesEssentials is given to medical students for free. This app is easy to use and quick to navigate. The app isn’t always able to find rare diseases/syndromes like the Medscape app. It has a good basic overview of each disease but misses out on small details and evidence based summaries/references that really set you apart. Does not have Canadian drug names in their database. Their MedMath calculator is average.

Google Translate (Free)

This app can directly translate speech and handwriting in 80 languages. This app can be extremely useful for non-spanish speakers given the large number of spanish-speaking patients in this area.

Dragon Dictation (Free)

Record audio and create text notes from your voice recordings. An excellent review is available here.

Eponyms (Free)

Can’t remember Horner’s syndrome or a Galeazzi fracture? This free app makes it easy to look up all the obscure eponyms you don’t know or can’t remember. This app has a large eponym database and provides descriptions for each. You can star eponyms for quick reference and sort by categories. Unfortunately, you have to look up specific eponyms. A short review is available here.

MedCalc (Free):

This app helps you remember medical formulas, like how to calculate the renal filtration. The app is simple to use, explains all of the formulas, and converts all units. Most useful features include unit conversions, BMI, various scoring formulas (eg, APACHE, Ranson’s) and flow chart decision making (eg, Canadian C-Spine rules). 

Medscape (Free):

This is definitely the best free comprehensive medical app. The drug references are easy to use, the pictures relevant, and the article collection is extensive. Thorough information, easy to read, up to date with references, but still not as good as UpToDate. The information in the app is all downloadable so you can use it offline. Because each article is finely detailed and subdivided into many sections, it’s not as quick as some other apps at getting information to your fingertips.

Micromedex (Free):

EVERY medical student should have a pharm/drug reference book with them at all times! Whether that’s a pocket book like Tarascon’s Pharmacopoeia or an electronic one you can never know too much about the drugs you are prescribing. Even pharmacists use this app. However if you want a full powered drug app, Lexi-comp is still the king but comes with a steep price tag ($100+). This app has a complete database and it’s able to find both Canadian and US trade names. It has all the indications/contraindications, side effects, pharmacodynamics/kinetics and mechanisms of action that you need. They also have a Clinical Teaching section with prescribing pearls of wisdom. However, it’s a drug reference so you can’t skip back and forth between a disease and it’s treatment. The multiple folders can also get a bit tedious, especially if there’s only one word on the next page.

UpToDate (Free; Subscription is very pricy though!):

Far and away the best clinical information guide available. The app is free, but the subscription to the service is very expensive. Most medical students do not begin subscribing until their 3rd year.

General Apps

ZOOM Cloud Meetings (Free)

ZOOM enables mobile collaboration, cloud video conferencing (like Skype, but better), and simple web meetings. The app includes crystal-clear, face-to-face conversion, high quality screen sharing, and mobile whiteboarding. It has been ranked as the highest quality iPhone and iPad video meeting and meeting sharing app. You can join meetings as a participant or a view-only attendee.

iWorks (Free)

This is Apple's version of Microsoft Office. The iWorks apps include pages, numbers, and keynote for word processing, spreadsheet generation, and powerpoint creation, respectively.

Microsoft Office Mobile (Free)

This mobile app allows you to access, view, and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your mobile device. Edits and comments to a documents retain their formatting and content. 

Puffin ($3.99)

This app is a premium web browser that enables Adobe Flash on the iPad.