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What's hot at Harvard: five apps med students are buzzing about

One of the most prestigious medical schools in the world, Harvard Medical School just released a survey of top mobile medical apps its med students are raving about.

While Harvard isn't officially recommending apps to its students, more and more students are relying on mobile resource tools for on-the-go learning. As the healthcare industry has its eye on mobile health, "forward-thinking medical schools are discovering that better access to information resources improves students' learning today," writes mobile tech magazine Wireless Systems Design.

Dr. John D. Halamka, the chief information officer of Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, blogged on April 19 the results of his annual survey of Harvard med students and their preferred apps.

The top five are:

Dynamed - Students and physicians rely on this clinical reference tool created by physicians for "point-of-care" situations.

Unbound Medicine uCentral - This app serves as a portal of popular medical publications, such as 5 Minute Clinical Consult, A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts, and more.

VisualDx Mobile – This handy app provides physician-reviewed clinical information along with a huge database of medical images showing detailed variation of diseases.

Epocrates Essentials - An all-in-one guide to drugs and diseases, this app includes a disease database with conditions, plus photos and details about over-the-counter medications and hundreds of diagnostic and laboratory tests.

iRadiology - A learning tool for medical students and residents, this app provides quick reviews of classic radiology cases for students to scan during rounds.

Halamka states that he will release more info from his survey soon. Read more on his blog: http://geekdoctor.blogspot.com/2011/04/mobile-applications-for-medical.html