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Med Ref Serv Q. 2017 Oct-Dec;36(4):313-322. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2017.1369239.

Courting Apocalypse: Creating a Zombie-Themed Evidence-Based Medicine Game.

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a Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine , Indianapolis , Indiana , USA.
b Greater Midwest Region , National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences , Iowa City , Iowa , USA.
c Kansas State Libraries, Kansas State University , Manhattan , Kansas , USA.


In 2015, two librarians at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa turned their dreams into a reality and secured funding to build a zombie-themed evidence-based medicine game. The game features a "choose your own adventure" style that takes students through a scenario where a disease outbreak is taking place and a resident is asked to use evidence-based medicine skills to select a screening and diagnostic tool to use on potentially infected patients. Feedback on the game has been positive, and future plans include building additional modules on therapy, harm, and prognosis.


Evidence-based medicine; games; gamification; medical education; zombies

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