Taking Charge of Your Health

Do you want to learn more about medicine playfully
while actually playing games? This is Bertalan Mesko and you’re watching
the channel of The Medical Futurist. There are amazing methods available that can
help us learn more about medicine, health, healthy lifestyle including mobile applications
or board games and even actual video games. So I thought that I would share the top 10
medical video games with you right now. Regarding mobile applications, I use Quizoid,
a quiz game in which I can choose the category medicine and it gives me plenty of stories
and practical examples about the history of medicine in the Pro mode.
A different application is called Prognosis which I use to test my medical decision making
skills in a risk free environment and to assess and improve my clinical knowledge. I get patient
stories based on which I have to come up with the diagnostic and treatment options.
Regarding board games, in the typical curriculum students have to study texts and data by heart
but a company called Nerdcore Medical designs board games such as the Healing Blade card
game that takes the player into a world of creatures where real world knowledge of infectious
diseases and therapeutics play quite an important role in the winning strategy. Their second
game, Occam’s Razor, is a real diagnostic card game released by the same company.
Then here are online games such as Phylo which is a tile-matching video game. And while games
are playing the game they actually contribute to genetic and they can improve the annotation
of genomic data just by playing this online game
The second online game is Syrum, a social Facebook game which was released by a pharma
company called Boehringer Ingelheim and it is about developing pharmaceutical medicines
over a 100 years period from the 1950s to the 2050s.
And then regarding video games, there is Re-Mission 2 in which kids with cancer can play a game
and they can use a character to fight against cancerous cells and bacteria; and the ammunition
they use in those virtual weapons can have the same color and size as those pills and
medications that they have to take in real life; this way improving their compliance
from many perspectives. There are 3 more video games, actually older
ones, such as Hospital Tycoon, Emergency Room or Trauma Center, but but not a really good
game has been released recently focusing on medicine and healthcare.
So these are top 10, my favorite medical games but I would like to ask you to share your
favorite ones on the Facebook page of The Medical Futurist! Thank you!

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Medical Games (Apps, Board and Video Games) – The Medical Futurist

  1. Thanks for this interesting post. Without a doubt my favourite medically-themed board games are Pandemic and especially Pandemic Legacy. Amazingly tense and enjoyable games.

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  3. Have you tried Big Pharma? (PC game, released in 2015) It's not only helpful in providing insight into pharmaceutical research, but also the principles of programming via automation.

    EDIT: Sorry, haven't seen how old the video is, the game wasn't out back then.

  4. S.O.R.S, That Dragon Cancer, Space Chem, Surgeon Simulator, and two oldies: Life & Death and Life & Death 2: The Brain

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