Matt Taylor, MD, PhD wanted to connect with first-year
medical students on an entirely new level—leading him to wonder, “Is there an
app for that?”
Turns out, there wasn’t. So he helped create one.
With the help of the Academy of Medical Educators’
Rymer Small Grants Program and a team of students, Dr. Taylor set out to find a
way to quiz “on-the-go” students using their smartphones and tablets while
providing a way for faculty to connect with a new generation of students.
the App Works
It took Dr. Taylor and his team nearly a year of
designing and testing before rolling out the app to the School of Medicine’s
first-year learners. Around noon each day, the app delivers a quiz covering
what the student learned that morning in class. Questions can be multiple
choice or Likert scale and can even use images and sounds.
Retrieval for Faculty
Faculty members can retrieve de-identified data from the app that can
help them understand where their students are as it relates to learning
Dr. Taylor rolled out the app at the start of the fall
semester. So far, feedback has been positive. Students downloaded the app
within minutes of its announcement and currently nearly 40 students use the app.
Dr. Taylor and his team aim to update the app so it
benefits more students. They hope to incorporate a team component and improve
the app so that it revisits topics the individual learner found challenging.
app is available through iPhone® and iPad®. All students
can access the quizzes online.