Medical Science Educator

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 181–187 | Cite as

A Multimedia Audience Response Game Show for Medical Education

  • Robin K. Pettit
  • Lise McCoy
  • Marjorie Kinney
  • Frederic N. Schwartz
Original Research


Games are increasingly popular in medical education. However, there is a need for games that target today’s learners, including their preferences for active participation, social interaction, immediate feedback, and multimedia formats. With these preferences in mind, a commercially available game show template was used to develop a game show for review of medical microbiology. The game show was combined with an audience response system (“clickers”) to enable participation of all students in a large group setting. A 19-item questionnaire was used to measure students’ perceptions of the game. The questionnaire was administered after participants had played the games on three separate occasions during their first year of medical school. The response of medical students to the game shows was overwhelmingly positive. Students valued the ability of the game shows to engage them, to provide a positive learning environment, to clarify concepts, and to develop clinical thinking. The game software combined with an audience response system provides a visually rich, engaging format that could be used for a review of any basic science discipline.


Game show Clicker Medical microbiology Bravo C3 Softworks™ 



This research was supported by HRSA grant no. D54HP20674.

Notes on Contributors

Robin K. Pettit, Ph.D., is a Professor of Microbiology at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.

Lise McCoy, MTESL, is an Assistant Director, Faculty Development at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.

Marjorie Kinney, M.Ed., is a Curriculum Assessment Analyst at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.

Frederic N. Schwartz, D.O., FACOFP, is the Associate Dean, Clinical Education and Services, and Professor and Chair, Family and Community Medicine at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, USA.


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© International Association of Medical Science Educators 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin K. Pettit
    • 1
  • Lise McCoy
    • 1
  • Marjorie Kinney
    • 1
  • Frederic N. Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Osteopathic Medicine in ArizonaA. T. Still UniversityMesaUSA

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