I've always been intrigued by discovering better methods for learning, and I've often been frustrated by the perpetuation of failing techniques. Medical school's all-day lectures and radiology case studies without arrows come to mind as especially frustrating and ineffective. I believe context, challenge, activity, and feedback are key ingredients to effective learning, and all four elements are present in a wonderful iOS and Android app called Prognosis.
Prognosis, by Medical JoyWorks, is a cutely designed, easy-to-use case simulation app that has won many awards. It has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and for good reason. First and foremost, the content is fantastic: it is thorough enough not to leave you scratching your head and concise enough not to bore you. That fantastic content is presented in response to your management of a short case presentation (context), with subsequent specific evaluation and management questions (challenge and activity), followed by scoring of your management (feedback). It works really well, and each case leaves me excited to do the next.
Prognosis's medical editors are specialists from all around the world, and cases feature a discussion section where diverse physicians ask and answer each other's questions. The medical illustrations are especially well done and will make most physicians chuckle.
Prognosis comes with different downloadable modules, including one specifically for emergency medicine, but I have found the other modules (cardiology, respiratory, neurology, etc.) to be valuable as well. The app has unobtrusive ads, which is a small price to pay for one of the best case simulation apps I have seen yet.
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