This definitely falls under the category of 'very cool things'.
Medical publisher Elsevier and video game developer Legacy Interactive have released Top Doc, an iPhone app and game that features medical content and quizzes designed to let medical students, residents and junior faculty practice and improve their visual diagnosis skills.
‚ÄúTop Doc was built upon a foundation of providing challenging, real-world questions illustrated by high quality medical images,‚Äù said Amber Tully, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and the product‚Äôs co-author. ‚ÄúWith this platform, users are able to experience and react to realistic patient encounters that require quick, concise clinical responses.‚Äù
from the website:
Top Doc includes 600 high quality photographs reflecting common diagnoses. You fill in the missing letters of the diagnosis, as quickly as you can. Choose review or test modes, at novice or expert levels of difficulty. Questions automatically adjust to your knowledge level. Share your high scores with friends on Facebook and be the TOP DOC!
At the conclusion of each round your performance is evaluated and given a grade which can automatically be posted to Facebook. Top Doc‚Äôs review mode provides the information in a flashcard format.
Obviously we lobe the iDevices here, but this really is the sort of thing they shine in, not just in their functionality but in institutions willingness to embrace them. You can have the best device in the world, but it doesn't do any good if no one wants to use it.
Top Doc is available in the iTunes App store for $14.99.
Check out an online demo at http://www.topdocgame.com