For nearly all medical specialties and at all stages of training, exams from the shelf to board certifications cause a lot of anxiety not to mention some non-insignificant financial outlays. Preparation for these numerous exams has become a big business.

The app store has become filled with medical apps aimed at specific specialties’ trainee and licensing exams. Here at iMedicalApps we have previously reviewed many of them (NEJM Family Medicine, AAEM Flash Cards, Pretest Pediatrics). The options are nearly limitless, but few have been studied or proven to improve success on the certification exam.

One of the more recent entries into the specialty review arena is Pediatric Quiz. This app is designed by Qutaibah Alotaibi for the purpose of improving provider knowledge in pediatrics through the use of a Jeopardy-like game experience. When you first open the app you are asked if you want to play the game in teams (up to four per game) or individually. Next you are presented with a choice of multiple games (available via in-app purchases) and a quiz board with medical categories and questions each worth increasing points. The app keeps score for you and offers occasional bonus questions if you answer correctly.

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Evidence based medicine

Pediatric Quiz contains over 500 evidence based questions and answers. Each question/answer is provided with a quality reference ranging from recent journal articles to accepted pediatric textbooks (such as Nelson’s Pediatrics) or the AAP’s Pediatrics in Review articles. The issue will become keeping the content fresh and up to date over time.

What providers would benefit from this App?

Students, pediatric and family medicine residents, mid-levels, any staff provider who is interested in challenging their pediatric knowledge via a game like Jeopardy.

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  • Price
    • Free download and 1 free game (in-app purchases to buy additional games)
    • Fun, Jeopardy style interface complete with bonus questions for over 500 total questions.
    • Questions are challenging for both residents and junior faculty.
    • Ability to play in teams or individually.
    • References given for every question/answer.
  • Dislikes
    • Requires in-app purchases to unlock all content.
    • Clearly has limited number of “plays” due to limited content.
    • Some will either love or hate the pediatric interface.
    • Not available for Android.
  • Overall

    Pediatric Quiz is a fun review tool that covers many topics in both outpatient and inpatient pediatrics including topics in sub-specialty pediatrics. The app will appeal especially to pediatric residents and medical students looking for a fun way to review for shelf and board exams.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    A very pediatric interface that is easy to use, but may appear “less serious” than the content.

  • Multimedia Usage

    App contains pop-ups to references for every question/answer, but no ability to link out to the references from within the app. App has ability to update content/add more game play.

  • Price

    App is free with in-app purchases required to expand content.

  • Real World Applicability

    This is fun app for providers who want to challenge themselves or each other in a pediatric Jeopardy game. The material is challenging and with up to 500 questions available with in- app purchase may increase longevity for users who are willing to pay.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6 running iOS 9.0.2

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