ACTRI Teaches Team Science Through Gaming

Welcome to the UCSD Game Factory.  We are a research unit within the UCSD School of Medicine exploring the benefits of games in medical education. We take both our inspiration and our challenges from our faculty. Our games have taken on such diverse issues as properly submitting and IRB application, understanding the fiscal consequence of medical decisions and the practical use of Clinical Practice Guidelines.

IRB Please Video Game

Screen shot of avatars in IRB Please game scenario.

IRB Please is designed to complement existing training (such as CITI) to teach PIs the common mistakes made in filling out IRB paperwork. Avoiding common mistakes results in efficient, and less frustrating, approval to begin clinical studies. Your participation and feedback will help us improve on our mission. IRB Please takes about thirty minutes to complete and is from the perspective of an IRB Analyst. You can play as often as you wish and at the end of each session you will receive a score, be placed on a leaderboard, as well as receive feedback on the types of mistakes, if any, you may make in IRB Applications.

To access the game, please click on this link and complete the brief survey to receive your instructions and download.


Clinical Trials Video Game

Screen shot of avatars in Clinical Trials game waiting room.

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to introduce an online game to teach team science. The Clinical Trials Video Game is a novel online learning platform that uses a multiplayer video game interface to reinforce teamwork skills such as communication and shared strategy. It has been beta tested with diverse trainees, including medical students, early career “K” awardees, post-doctoral fellows and Master’s students. Different techniques of collaboration can be tested interactively by the participants, who learn how to adapt team strategies. ACTRI collaborated with UC San Diego Rady School of Management to develop the game. It is now in production, and is being disseminated to University of California BRAID sites and the University of Pittsburgh for initial testing.

To access the game, please open the PDF, “Facilitator Guide—Clinical Trials Video Game,” and follow the instructions.