Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Timothy D. Rice and Robert J. Blaskiewicz, two 3.5-in disks, requirements: IBM PC or compatible, 486SX or higher, Windows 3.1 or later, color monitor with SVGA (640x480, 256 colors) or better, 4MB RAM (IMB recommended), hard disk drive with at least 5MB free space, sound card, audio speakers, Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device; Macintosh version also available; $39.95, ISBN 0-8151-6479-X, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1997.
This program is styled as an interactive learning module. It comes on two 3.5-in floppy disks and is designed to allow one to add various case study modules in other specialties of medicine. Its main strength is also its weakness, in that it has been designed to run on fairly dated computer technology (see requirements above). Thus the program's interactivity is quite limited.
Cases are developed in a series of comments and questions that appear in a graphic of a chart on the right side of the monitor screen. You click to turn pages in the chart, and you cannot proceed past a question page until you have answered the question. The computer then flashes "Right" or "Wrong" and allows you to continue. All questions are followed by a review of the correct answer, often with a brief explanation. About half the questions are multiple choice, and the other half require you to type in a list of answers. The program keeps a percentage score of your correct answers for each case in a list, displayed in a "PDA" (personal digital assistant) graphic at the left of your computer screen. There are ten cases in Obstetrics/Gynecology, which represent such pertinent topics as management of abnormal Papanicolaou smears, endometriosis, urinary tract infections in pregnancy, and intrauterine growth retardation.
Obstetrics-GynecologyMosby's Rounds: Obstetrics/Gynecology, No. 1, version 1.1. JAMA. 1999;281(6):569-570. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.569-JBK0210-3-1