Many students, including medical, learn better from practical examples that can be utilized in the form of case studies.
Case studies are basically stories or scenarios presenting realistic and complex situations (cases) that often involve a problem, dilemma, or conflict that needs to be solved.
Cases come in many formats, from simple single questions to complex scenarios, requiring students to answer an open-ended question or develop a solution to an open-ended problem.
In medical education, case studies are the basis of a popular pedagogy called problem-based learning (PBL). Traditional paper-based case studies contain brief medical facts about a patient's history, symptoms or illness presentation.
Mobile technologies allowed the development of more complex and rich-narrative case studies that could be used on the go in a form of mobile apps that can be utilized not only by medical students but also seasoned clinicians who want to test their skills and stay on top of their medical knowledge.
Here, we listed some of the most popular mobile apps to test your clinical knowledge on Android and iOS devices.
Prognosis: Your Diagnosis app, developed by Sri Lankan company Medical Joyworks, is a clinical case simulation tool for physicians, medical students, nurses, and other medical staff who like to challenge their clinical knowledge casually from time to time.
The app also works as a clinical decision support tool, helping medical providers stay sharp at the point of care.
Prognosis: Your Diagnosis app includes a series of engaging and interactive clinical cases with the goal to test the user's decision making and clinical assessment skills in a risk-free environment.
The app provides the correct answers with an explanation which consolidates clinical knowledge. It is ideal for medical students and residents who are performing tests and clinical exams.
Prognosis: Your Diagnosis app is available for free on the iOS and Android.
Medical Joyworks also developed another app that helps students and clinicians stay on top of the medical information and supports them in making important clinical decisions.
Clinical Sense app applies gamification principles, allowing users to play the role of a physician, surgeon, Ob/Gyn, oncologist, or other clinicians across different specialties, faced with various challenging clinical scenarios.
The app enables users to test their knowledge about a wide range of conditions, including obstetrical emergencies, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and many more.
Clinical Sense app is primarily an educational tool, rather than the decision making support tool for direct bedside patient care.
It is available for free on Android and iOS.
Buzz4health - Clinical Cases App
Buzz4health app is a collaboration tool that allows medical students and young doctors to connect with thousands of verified clinicians to get answers and opinions that could help them solve real medical cases. This way, medical cases get peer reviewed more conveniently.
Buzz4health is also an educational app helping students and residents stay up to date with continuous medical education (CME) through evidence-based case management tips.
The app provides high-quality specialized content for many specialties, including orthopedics, radiology, cardiology, and more.
Buzz4health app is available for free on iOS and Android.
MedShr app is another collaboration tool designed for medical professionals to allow them to share and discuss clinical cases and medical images with their colleagues and peers.
Medical students and healthcare professionals can use the app to share anything from ECGs and radiology scans to patient photos and videos (obtained with their consent), and discuss the medical cases with other users, by specialty, and at all grades.
MedShr app is available for Android and iOS for free.
Resuscitation! app is similar to Prognosis: Your Diagnosis app we mentioned above. It is an interactive app which simulates various clinical cases, thus allowing medical students and professionals to test their skills by playing the role of the ED physician.
The clinical cases in the app are listed by module, topic, rank or setting. Modules include Emergency Medicine 1-5, Emergency Neurology, Gynecology Clinic, EMS Paramedic, and others.
Users can also choose cases by setting, for example, those that happen in the ambulance (on-scene), in ED, Gynecology Clinic, Pediatric ED or Hospital.
Resuscitation! app is available for free on Android and iOS.
Radiopaedia app is designed for all health professionals, with an emphasis on radiologists, radiology assistants, and trainees.
The app allows users to view hundreds of radiology cases covering a wide range of topics that can be accessed offline once downloaded.
Cases are available in packs, with each pack containing 10-30 cases featuring high-quality images or multi-image stacks, Q&A quizzes, and links to articles about both correct and differential diagnoses.
Most packs are available for free and users can also use paid packs which help support the Radiopaedia app and website, which are both free and high-quality radiology resource.
Radiopaedia app is available on iOS only. Android version is not planned.
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Daily Rounds is an app for doctors and medical students, enabling them to share clinical cases and prepare for various examinations like USMLE Step 2, MRCP, and more.
The app features two sections, 'Rounds' section containing short cases and the 'Challenges' section with more comprehensive cases.
The clinical cases in the app are presented in a journal-like manner and they cover all the major specialties including cardiology, anesthesiology, radiology, pediatrics, and more.
Daily Rounds app is available for free on iOS and Android.
ACCP Radiology Cases App
ACCP Radiology Cases is another app in this list that focuses on radiology designed to stimulate and challenge the clinician's thought processes and decision making skills.
The app features 18 interactive case-based scenarios with relevant pathology-related images.
Each case includes patient histories, relevant physical exam findings, lab data, and associated radiologic images. Cases conclude with one to two exam questions, answer rationales, and references.
The app is available only for iPad for $4.99.
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