April 1, 2015
The Resident Handbook is a tool for new physicians to compile and share treatment details of various illnesses. It was built using Ruby on Rails and Bootstrap.
The field of medicine is vast with an abundance of information associated with diagnosis and treatments of various diseases and illnesses. Resident physicians, being recent medical school graduates have a challenge to apply their learned knowledge in a clinical setting. Upon seeing a patient with a particular ailment, a resident may need to look up treatment details in a large pool of resources which takes time and energy. The goal of this project was to make intricate details regarding treatments for illnesses more efficiently accessible to physicians.
The proposed solution was a note taking mobile application specifically catered towards a physician. Residents could make notes regarding various illnesses they treated the first time. They could then reuse the recorded details for future encounters. As treatments for illnesses change, the notes can be updated. The application would also have a social aspect where physicians could follow their colleagues and have access to their notes.
The workflow begins with the user signing up for the application on the main page of the application. Once their account is setup they can begin creating new notes by clicking “New Note” on their dashboard. On the “New Note” page key field titles are filled in which the user can modify if desired. They can also add additional desired fields. Once the note is created it is organized in alphabetical order according to main category in a accordion style layout, allowing the user to quickly navigate to the appropriate treatment.
Users can choose to follow others to obtain access to to their notes. The users page lists all users in the social network. Users can go to another’s profile and decide to follow or unfollow them.
The application is responsive and is functional on various device sizes.
I have access to a pool of resident physicians in a local Family Medicine residency program which I can use to assess the effectiveness of this tool. User testing is to be conducted in the near future!