OSCE Skills app aims to teach physical exam skills to med students

In this app review:

1) What does OSCE Skills include?
2) Though the app is aimed to medical students, can others benefit?

From personal experience, I can tell you that the physical exam is something that is not so easily learned as a medical student. Only years of practice will hone the skill – but medical students have to start somewhere. The OSCE examinations are used to assess basic physical exam skills from med students.

OSCE Skills is a medical app that hopes to help medical students get the basics down to help them get through their clinical skills training. OSCE Skills was produced by the makers of OSCEskills.com.

They both share almost the exact same content, except the content online is free.

User Interface:

The app opens with icons of different systems.

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Each system has a list of modules covering different physical exam techniques.

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Each module includes step by step instructions on how to appropriately complete a specific physical exam during an OSCE. Each module includes a written description of the physical exam and several pictures.

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Though some physical exam skills do not require videos to facilitate learning, a quick video of something like venipuncture would tie the entire module together. This app does not currently include any such videos.

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The app is searchable to help users find what they need.

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Price:

  • $1.99

Likes:

  • The app includes a long list of physical exam skills.
  • The app is searchable.
  • Each physical exam passage is written clearly and is easy to understand, the pictures also help with understanding.

Dislikes:

  • The app does not include videos, only pictures. The nuances of physical exam skills are difficult to capture in just pictures and words – videos may work better.
  • The app costs $1.99, but the website is free. Their content is the exact same. The app may be more convenient, but I would expect users to get something in addition for a paid app since the website worked just as well on my iPhone.
  • Unlike the website, the app does not include wikipedia links for terms.
  • There are no authors listed in the app or on the website, nor does it say the content has been peer-reviewed.

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:

  • Medical students
  • Interns
  • Other health professional students

Conclusion:

  • OSCE Skills is an iOS medical app that has pictures and descriptions of physical exam techniques to help medical students prepare for OSCEs.
  • The app shares almost the exact same content as its website, osceskills.com, which has all of the content for free. The app is searchable, to help users find what they are looking for.
  • The app does not include videos, only written descriptions and pictures of physical exam techniques.
  • The app and the website do not have authors listed; it does not say if the content is peer reviewed.
  • The only reference I found on the website was on the contact page where it says “sourced from Wikipedia”.
  • This app is currently not available on the Android platform.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • No

iTunes Link
Website Link

Rating:
Overall: 2.75/5 Stars
User Interface:  3/5 Stars. The app is searchable and the content easy to understand. However, the nuances of physical exam are lost in words and pictures – videos would be better.
Multimedia Coverage: 2/5 Stars. The app only includes pictures and written descriptions. For something like physical exam, videos would be far more valuable.
Price: 3/5 Stars. This app costs $1.99. The content is the same as its website. I would expect the app to cover more than the website when the website’s free and the app costs money.
Real World Applicability: 3/5 Stars. This is a reference app, so it would most likely not be used daily.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad (compatible), iPod Touch (3rd generation and later)
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S