Top Five Resources for Healthcare Students
Being a student majoring in the healthcare field can be stressful for a variety of reasons. It can range from finding the right kind of study resources, to managing and adapting to student life, and preparing for future employment. I’m not ashamed to admit that during my time at Valencia Community College I made a lot of terrible mistakes when it came to studying, and it led to me flunking out of a medical degree program, because I simply could not retain all of the information. Different people learn in different ways, and the resources available to me at the time just weren’t cutting it.
While it’s really important to buy the required course books and manuals to keep up with your instructor’s lectures, sometimes the information can be too overwhelming, and a more condensed version is easier to remember. Whether it be apps, search engines, or databases, the advancement of technology has made it easier to get tips, information, and guides from past students and teachers. Whether you are studying medical assisting, nursing, or any of the many healthcare programs available, here are some of the resources I wish I had in order to improve memory, help retain information, and that offer some strong interactive visual examples for more hands-on learners.
- Muscle and Bone Anatomy 3D – My biggest struggle as a healthcare major was anatomy. There were just too many bones, muscles, and actions for me to remember, and other than a few diagrams in the book I had no way to associate the terms to their physical counterpart.
Muscle and Bone Anatomy 3D is hands down one of the best apps I have seen for healthcare students who have to learn the anatomy of the human body. The app is designed to give users an in-depth look at the human body through a virtual 3D model. You can rotate the body around with a swipe of your finger, and dive into the different layers of the body – the skeletal and muscular systems, for example. Click on a body part, muscle, or bone and a tab will pop up demonstrating the action, origin, corresponding nerve, or helpful fact about what you’ve selected.
Overall, the app has great value for the resources and features it offers. If you learn anything from my experience taking and failing anatomy, it is to use a tool like this one for relating and retaining the wealth of information.
- Brainscape – This web and mobile app is used by teachers and students to create digital flash cards on any subject, and it allows users to share with anyone on the web. It’s pretty handy whether you are studying alone or with a group of classmates, and you don’t have to be in the same room to share your flashcards.
This is another app that helps in moving information from the passive side of your brain to the active side, and it has a cool tool that allows users to rate flashcards based on how confident they feel about the information on it. In other words, if you got the answer wrong, you’d rate your confidence at a low level so that the card comes up more frequently.
- Medical Mnemonics (app) – One of the more nifty apps out there for students, Medical mnemonics is all about helping users expand their memory and retain medical terminology from anatomy all the way to urology and more. Whether it’s through rhymes or its flashcard feature, Medical Mnemonics makes it so that students can learn and memorize terminology with ease and convenience.
- MedCalX (app) – MedcalcX is a helpful app for those who have a hard time with numbers, particularly measurements. The app has a lot of the different medical formulas and conversions medical students/professionals use/need to memorize for their day-to-day rounds. Every formula comes with an explanation and some practice exercises so you can learn how to take measurements without having to rely on the app.
- MedicalStudent (website) – Probably one of the most helpful websites out there, MedicalStudent offers a comprehensive list linking to different textbooks, diagrams, and other resources – most of which are free. They are listed by practice/field of study to make it easy to find a text reference for the field you are studying for.
- Prognosis (app) – This fun little app is a game that has a lot to teach. It’s designed for those students who learn by applying the information that they have read to some sort of visual guide.
Hopefully, this blog post has given some of you med and non-med students out there some resources to use when studying. They are easy to access by phone so you can get some studying in on the go. The most important part is that you make time to study. No matter if it’s on your break at work, or even while waiting to catch the bus home – study!