Purpose of App Review
- To explore ACCP Radiology Cases’ utility as review material for clinicians
Studying for board exams can be a stressful time. To aid in trainees preparing for the pulmonary board and recertification exams, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has developed an app to aid clinicians in honing their clinical skills in the context of radiology.
With an attractive user interface, the app begins by listing thumbnails of all 18 cases for the user to scroll through. Selecting a case brings up a clinical vignette. The vignette contains a history, relevant physical examination, and laboratory results. Normal values are not listed.
One or two questions follow each case, with additional pathology images or relevant information provided. The questions tend to be focused around clinical and diagnostic decisions. A short explanation is provided for each answer choice. References for the cases are included at the end.
ACCP Radiology Cases provides a set of clinical cases that make a good board exam review. The vignettes feel similar to questions one might see on an exam. Because the cases are specialist-focused, the answer explanations are quite brief, assuming a high level of prior knowledge.
- Attractive user interface
- Challenging clinical cases
- No explanations for the radiological images
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Pulmonology fellows and physicians, radiology residents and physicians, internal medicine residents and physicians
- ACCP Radiology Cases provides a good review of pulmonary cases for clinicians with accompanying references.
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 3.5 stars
User Interface: 4 Attractive yet functional
Multimedia usage: 4 Good use of radiology and pathology images
Price: 3 Reasonably priced
Real world applicability: 3 Great review, but its use diminishes upon completion of all 18 cases
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 inperson 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.