Emergency Medicine iQ is a board review app for iOS and Android

Purpose of App Review

How helpful is the Emergency Medicine Q&A Review App for Emergency Physicians preparing for board exams?

Introduction

EMiQ is a Board Review App for iOS and Android created by Challenger Corporation.

Challenger, a company focused on online medical education, has developed a series of physician board review apps for different specialties.

User Interface

The app contains 300 board review questions organized into 20 categories.

Each question is multiple choice.

The user gets immediate feedback on the correct answer.

Each answer is explained with a brief summary of the relevant concepts. Most explanations are cited with a chapter in Rosen’s Emergency Medicine.

The user gets a “report card” with a breakdown of their score by category.

The user can shuffle the questions to randomize the order, or turn on “review mode” to see questions with the correct answer already marked. Several of the questions contain a relevant clinical image from the physical exam or from diagnostic studies like plain radiographs or EKGs.


The interface is straightforward and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, the quality of the content is not up to par with other available resources.

The Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association did a survey of 520 recent graduates preparing for boards about what resources they found most helpful. The comprehensive board review product by the Challenger Corporation (a more extensive resource than this app) received the lowest score on overall impression: 2.22/4. I compared this app to the board review questions I use from PEER VIII and the River’s series and think that those questions are much more challenging than this app.

I also didn’t trust many of the answers. This question on PID didn’t seem correct to me, so I looked up the answer myself in the textbook cited.

Turns out, they cited the wrong chapter (PID is covered in Chapter 96, not 98) and nowhere in the Rosen’s chapter do the authors suggest automatic admission for adolescents with PID, instead citing the CDC’s PID treatment guidelines, which also do not mention patient age as a factor. I was unable to access the other resource listed, a gynecology textbook published 12 years ago.

Price

  • $39.99

Likes

  • Easy to navigate.

Dislikes

  • Questions not at the appropriate level for EM Board Review.
  • Content not reliable, citations not specific.

Healthcare providers that might benefit from the app

  • EM beginners – medical students, first year residents; however, only if the inaccurate answers and explanations are addressed.

Conclusions

  • Though EMiQ is a well designed app, the content is not reliable or challenging enough to recommend it  as a board review resource. The content difficulty is appropriate for beginners, like medical students and first year EM residents, but several questions have incorrect explanations.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • No.

iTunes link
Android link

 

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

  • User Interface: 5 – straightforward navigation.
  • Multimedia usage: 4 – includes multimedia with questions
  • Price: 2 - $39.99 is expensive, but may have been reasonable if this app had solid content.
  • Real world applicability: 1 – too easy for board review, too unreliable for beginners.

References

  • Birnbaumer DM, Anderegg C. “Sexually Transmitted Diseases.” In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al., eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby/Elsevier; 2010: 1295.
  • Centers for Disease Control. “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Treatment: Guidelines, Research, and Updates.”
  • Guth, Todd. “Preparing for the Emergency Medicine Boards: The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Emergency Medicine Qualifying and Certification Exam Preparation Survey.”

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Shannon McNamara, MD

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