The one area that I find fascinating in Medical Education is Simulation. Also know as “Gamification” this trend consists of light-weight simulation training using virtual patients, interactive case scenarios or may even connect to physical simulators (ALSi).
One successful medical simulation app is Septris. An app which uses interactive scenarios to train people (medical residents, students, nurses, etc) on sepsis management.
Some of the features that make this app successful are:
1) This game was developed be academic institution – Stanford
2) This game targets a large need – The identification and management of Sepsis. This infection is said to strike 750,000 people in the U.S. and has a mortality rate of 25-50%. This in turn costs the US government over $17 billion per year.
3) This game targets a large audience – Suitable for Medical, Surgical, Intensive Care, Emergency physicians and nurses and other learners as well.
4) This game provides real-world incentive: Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits. If you get a post-test score of 75% or more, you earn CME credits. Pretty cool!