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Spotlight on Medical Apps: Simulation Apps

Medical students and physicians may be accustomed to using simulators when practicing a new medical or surgical technique, but simulations are usually conducted in labs or classrooms using expensive equipment.  Several new medical apps are bringing the simulation experience to mobile devices.  Here are some apps that may be of interest:

Touch Surgery

Touch Surgery, available for Apple and Android devices, is a surgical simulator that teaches users how to conduct different types of popular surgeries (appendectomy, cholecystectomy, etc.). The app was developed by four surgeons. It uses the concept of cognitive task simulation to break down each operation into fundamental steps and decision points.  Each operation has a “learn” module which provides interactive, step-by-step instructions for completing the surgery. Users are prompted to make incisions, expose tissue, remove organs, and suture surgical sites (all depending on which operation is selected) using their touchscreen devices. After mastering the operation, users can test their knowledge by performing the surgery without the tutorial prompts.  This resource has been highly rated by the writers at, and can be a wonderful resource for medical students or others trying to learn or review different surgeries. Cost: Free, available through iTunes or Google Play.



vCath offers a virtual simulation of cannulating the lateral ventricles in the brain. Users can learn how to perform the procedure and then tested on their knowledge. This app is most useful for neurosurgeon trainees. Cost: Free, available for iPad through iTunes


iLarynx was designed to help teach users fiberoptic intubation skills. The app uses an iPad’s accelerometer to help trainees understand the actual motions necessary to perform an intubation. It has won several awards, including the Best in Education award from the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. Cost: Free, available for iPad through iTunes

Infant Endotracheal Intubation

The Yale School of Medicine developed this app “to enhance health care providers’ knowledge and skill related to the neonate intubation procedure utilizing current evidence-based practice.” The app includes several case studies and allows users to practice the delicate surgery of endotracheal intubation. Cost: Free, available for iPad and iPhone through iTunes


Bonus: Draw MD

DrawMD is not actually a simulation app. However, it is a wonderful tool for explaining anatomy and surgery to patients. There are 13 DrawMD apps covering a wide variety of specialties (cardiology, general surgery, pediatrics, etc.). Each app contains customizable anatomy diagrams and can help physicians better explain procedures to their patients.  Cost: Free, available for iPad through iTunes.

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