BeyondPod is a popular Podcast/RSS manager for Android that, on the surface, works like you’d expect any application in this category to function. Find enjoyable podcasts, subscribe, listen, repeat. With a crowded, competitive field of podcast managers and podcatchers available for virtually every platform, BeyondPod distinguishes itself from competitors by offering users the ability to tweak and refine the individual user experience. The incredibly robust options and settings menus hiding underneath the primary user interface can be initially overwhelming, but the degree of customization offered by BeyondPod is exactly why it deserves to be on any Android user’s homescreen.
The UCSF NeuroExam Tutor app seeks to solve a problem that has faced medical educators for decades: medical students are uncertain and timid when performing the neurological exam. Educators suppose that this is because of the complexity of the nervous system and the multitude of ways to investigate its functions. However, it is even more troubling that this insecurity continues into the careers of clinicians from most specialties. To address this problem, UCSF neurologists Susannah Cornes and Vanja Douglas proposed a gentle introduction to the neurological exam over the four years of medical school. This innovative approach could not have been realized without the partnerships that lead to the creation of an iPad app.
If you’re an iOS user, you might want to peer into this Santa’s sack. For a limited time, several mobile app creators are offering discounts on a selection of popular apps, many of which can help with productivity and idea capture. If you have a break over the holidays, it can be a perfect time to explore a new app or two before the hectic pace resumes. Boost your effectiveness in 2014!
Looking for a tool to help you keep up with medical news and research while you’re on the go? Founded in 2010, Docphin is a free platform that personalizes the literature to make it quick and easy for you to hone in on the content from the sea of thousands of medical journals and news outlets that’s most relevant to you and your patients.
Let’s see what the Docphin experience looks like on an Android.
Happy Holidays! Still searching for the perfect gift for the app-obsessed, Kindle-carrying gadget nerd in your life? Here are some ideas to get you started.
CHANDLER H. MAYFIELD is the Director for Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He has over ten years of experience in medical education designing, developing, and supporting educational technology solutions with a particular interest in curriculum development and mobile learning.
He is also a primary author of the recent article, “Perceptions of a Mobile Technology on Learning Strategies in the Anatomy Laboratory.” The study examined the effect of using an iPad-based multimedia dissection manual during anatomy lab instruction, and its impact on learner perception and efficiency.
We spoke with Mayfield to find out what kind of impact iPads in the lab can have.