Using Interactive Fiction to Teach Pediatricians-in-Training About Child Abuse

  • Grant P. ChristmanEmail author
  • Sheree M. Schrager
  • Kelly Callahan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10690)


Electronic learning is used extensively in medical education. Though some interventions have incorporated elements of gamification and narrative, interactive fiction is a novel approach to educating medical trainees. Diagnosis and management of child abuse requires competencies in patient care, systems-based practice, communication, and professionalism. This complexity, along with the emotional significance of caring for abused children, makes child abuse pediatrics an ideal topic for an initial implementation of an interactive-fiction-based learning module. This module will be compared to a standard e-learning module in the education of physicians training to become pediatricians.


Interactive fiction Serious games Medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grant P. Christman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sheree M. Schrager
    • 1
  • Kelly Callahan
    • 2
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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