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Books, Journals, New Media
March 18, 1998

Education: Mosby's Interactive Picture Tests: Medical Quizware 1

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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one CD-ROM master, 4 CD-ROM students, requirements: minimum 66MHz 486DX2, double-speed or faster CD-ROM drive, SVGA display, Windows 3.x or Windows 95, 12 to 17.5MB free hard drive space, minimum 8MB RAM; documentation: one 14-pp user's guide; $800, ISBN 0-7234-2977-4, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(11):888. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.888-JBK0318-5-1

This software consists of three components: a quiz builder, an image library, and a quiz player. The quiz builder allows the user, presumably the course director or other faculty member, to construct image-based, multiple-choice tests, which are subsequently accessed on the computer system by students.

The software includes over 2000 multiple-choice questions arranged into 42 sample quizzes. Each question consists of an image, a stem of up to 255 characters, and up to five choices. Each choice may be linked to an explanatory comment, which will be revealed only when the student selects that choice. Each question can be used verbatim, edited, replaced, or supplemented with the instructor's own questions. The user may import illustrations (eg, from another image library, a scanner, or the Internet) or may use any of the 900 medical images available in the image library on the master disk. This image library may be searched by key word or category, and the images may be edited by adding arrows, lines, labels, or notes. The master CD, which contains all these components, is to be installed on the instructor's computer. A student CD (five are supplied), which contains only the quiz player—the software needed to take the quizzes and obtain a score and a printed report—is meant to be installed on a networked PC workstation.