Michael Bykhovsky, a third-year student at Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University, beat out hundreds of other entries to win the student portion of a medical app contest held by the American Medical Association. His idea was to take the online JAMA Clinical Challenge and give it a twist.
“Basically, it is taking the online JAMA Clinical Challenge and fleshing it out into a portable app,” Bykhovsky said. “My intent is to have a little information, a clinical vignette, a presentation, maybe an image. And then have multiple-choice questions.”
Afterward, a pathologist or other health professional explains what the clues meant. The app is being developed by others but he is hoping to work with them.
Bykhovsky, who also won $2,500 in the contest, received his award Monday during the group’s convention in New Orleans. The trip is also part of the prize for Bykhovsky.
“I enjoy New Orleans,” he said.
The app, which is meant to be educational, further illustrates how mobile devices are becoming more integral to student education, he said. Medical students are now working off laptops and smartphones using programs such as Epocrates and a mobile version of Gray’s Anatomy, Bykhovsky said.
“We don’t carry a pen and paper as much anymore,” he said.
For instance, while Bykhovsky is doing his surgery rotation, he checks Gray’s on his phone before each case in case he gets quizzed.
For his app, he wanted to make it something engaging but also useful in the clinic. A self-confessed “computer nerd” as a kid, he instead wound up in medical school.
“Those dreams and aspirations of being a video game designer kind of went astray,” Bykhovsky said.