A different way to learn differentials
- By: Michael Hallahan
The days of learning medicine from textbooks alone are gone. Modern teaching techniques and the concept of individual learning styles have revolutionised education, and technology allows us to access these resources anywhere, anytime. PicturingED, a medical smartphone application, combines both superbly.
PicturingED aims to help medical students and doctors learn the causes of common emergency medical presentations. The app works on the concept of “visual memory,”—clear associative images are more easily remembered than written information alone. Rather than giving a list of causes to be memorised in rote fashion, the app presents differentials as pictures allowing a more natural and more successful learning technique. The images are clear, vivid, and more memorable than a bland written list of differentials.
The app gives slides on 11 common emergency presentations, ranging from coma to chest pain. By clicking on any one of these, you can see a set of pictures depicting each