March 27, 2014

New Phone App by Jefferson Physicians Offers Effective Way to Test Diagnosis Skill

21 JUL 2010 -- Top Doc: Visual Diagnosis Review” is a game designed for medical students, residents and junior faculty who want to improve their visual diagnosis skills and prepare for real cases, OSCEs or board examinations. Drs. James Studdiford and Amber Tully from the Department of Family and Community Medicine authored the application, and incorporated input from a number of Jefferson colleagues.

Physicians from the Department of Family and Community Medicine have authored a game for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad, with the goal of helping medical students, residents and junior faculty improve their visual diagnosis skills and prepare for real cases, OSCEs or board examinations. According to the description on the iTunes website, players must make the correct diagnosis as quickly as possible by viewing clinical photographs depicting a physical sign or symptom.

The medical quiz application developed by Elsevier and Legacy Interactive was authored by Drs. James Studdiford and Amber Tully from Jefferson’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, who are also among the co-authors of the book, Images from the Wards: Diagnosis and Treatment. Top Doc also incorporates the input of other Jefferson colleagues, including Joshua Barash, MD; Geoffery Mills, MD; Louis Petrone, MD; Kathryn Trayes, MD; George Valko, MD; Anne Hackman, MD, and Beth Careyva, MD.

Apple’s description of the new app includes these quotes from the co-authors:

“Top Doc was built upon a foundation of providing challenging, real-world questions illustrated by high quality medical images,” said Amber Tully, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “With this platform, users are able to experience and react to realistic patient encounters that require quick, concise clinical responses.”

“We want users to feel as though they are facing and dealing with relevant scenarios within a virtual medical clinic,” added James Studdiford, MD, FACP, Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the game’s lead author.

Read more on Apple’s iTunes Web site.

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