App of the Month

So you have arrived at uni all kitted out with your new iPad, which you thought was just for play. How wrong you were. There are hundreds of apps aimed at medical students enticing you to spend your loan on them instead of Viper. Well you don’t have to choose – there are many fantastic free apps. Plus, I’m a cheapskate, so I wasn’t going to spend money to write this article.


Essential Skeleton 4

This simple-to-use app (free to download) can be expanded to include all the anatomy you could desire, although this is expensive and we aren’t all made of money. Essential Skeleton is in fact the “Number 1 free medical iPad app in 95 countries” so where better to start our look into the depths of the human body. The whole skeleton is included within the app. The traditional white skeleton can be turned green, so great for all you Celtic fans out there. Apart from this novel feature the app is very easy to use. You can rotate the skeleton 360o with one finger and zoom and move with two. This isolates each bone, allowing you to manipulate it any way you wish; giving you the option to position them in the different planes.


Once isolated a blurb about each bone is available and you can make notes and even draw on the bones (in green of course). Your skeleton can now become your source of entertainment for hours; hats have proven my favourite and my flatmate attempted a clown (it was unsuccessful).

If you’re a first year definitely download this app. Quentin will be impressed when you are reeling off bone facts on day 1 of anatomy, but as always don’t show off too much, you do want to make friends. For you 5th years this could provide entertainment during the long winter months of finals revision.

by Jamie Henderson

by Jamie Henderson

This tech-savvy post grad once again helps us wade through the murky waters of anatomy apps