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ADAPT: A Novel On-line Simulation Game That Promotes Knowledge of Maternal and Fetal Physiology Among Medical Students

Purpose: To evaluate participation, satisfaction and knowledge acquisition with ADAPT, a novel on-line simulation game designed to teach maternal and fetal physiology to medical students.


Background: Gaming is a useful tool for engaging learners in subjects that prove time intensive, contain unique concepts, terminology, or are difficult to recall, such as anatomy and physiology. Gaming in medical education is in its infancy and data regarding its effectiveness are lacking.

Results: A total of 27 (28%) 2nd year medical students participated and completed pre/post-game surveys.  Average knowledge score significantly increased after game play (pre 76% +/- 13%; post 87% +/- 9%; p=0.001).  Students also subjectively felt their knowledge improved with 70% reporting improved knowledge and 33% improved ability to manage pre-eclampsia.  The majority (82%) would recommend this method of learning to a colleague.


Discussions: The addition of ADAPT to traditional lecture both objectively and subjectively improved knowledge of pregnancy physiology.  Although the majority felt it improved knowledge and learning, the low levels of voluntary participation suggest that this format may be less familiar or immediately appealing to students. 

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Residency Director, GME, Independent Study, Problem-Based Learning, General Ob-Gyn,

General Information

Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Residency Director,
Independent Study,Problem-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Rachelle St. Onge, MD MPH, University of Rochester, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Forrest Shooster; Adam Evans, MD; Ian Schreiber, MFA; Loralei Thornburg, MD; Wendy Vitek, MD

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