Medical Terminology Game Ideas

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Medical Terminology Game Ideas
There are many ways to create medical terminology games. (medical book image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com)

Whether you are taking a biology class in high school or college or you are a medical student preparing to take exams before embarking on an internship, having a strong knowledge of medical terms is vital. One way to learn and remember medical terminology is to make a game out of it. You may also want to develop a medical terminology game for children who enjoy playing doctor or nurse. There are a number of medical terminology games you can create for your purpose.

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Using a Skeleton/Prop

Think about using a skeleton or dummy as the basis of your medical terminology game. You can also use medical equipment, such as a stethoscope, that allows players to answer questions as to how the instrument is used and what types of medical conditions it can help to detect. Using a skeleton, for example, you can ask players to identify specific bones or describe an organ and its purpose in the body. The player that answers the most questions correctly wins the game.

A Board Game

Create a board game that has a medical design as its theme. For instance, create a board game set in a hospital with different rooms represented on the surface of your board. Make pieces that can be advanced around the board. When a player enters a room, there will be groups of questions the player must answer in order to exit. Players can select cards from specific groupings of cards in that room. For example, the paediatrics room might have a stack of cards about child nutrition and another about child psychology. To win the game, a player should have answered questions from each room and received the most points. For young children, also consider purchasing the game "Operation."

Card Games

Create a medical terminology card game by utilising a graphics program to design an image for each card. Create images on game cards that offer clues to a specific medical term. Players may need to put together symbols from several cards to guess the term. Alternately, create flash cards that describe a certain condition for which the player must identify the medical term. Place the answer on the other side of the card for easy reference.

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