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Designing a Learning Game for Medical Students with Empiric feat. Michael Cosimini – 98

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Who is Michael Cosimini? – 2:44
    • Pizza and the Stock Market – 4:42
    • Games and Learning Monotonous Medical Material – 5:49
    • Empiric – 10:32
    • Game Design – 15:15
    • Playtesting and Feedback – 18:38
    • Last Words of Advice: Get Involved! – 24:09
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 26:40

On this week’s episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin sits down in person with Michael Cosimini, a pediatrician and teacher at Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. The two discuss Michael’s history with gaming as well as designing games and we get to learn about Michael’s antibiotic-based card game, Empiric. Michael tells how he transitioned the game from being used in his own classroom to being sold to other teachers around the world. The topic of reliable feedback comes up and Michael shares tips for beginner game designers on what to do to have the most success when starting their first game.

Empiric Game: EmpiricGame.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/609759219780965/

Twitter: @MichaelCosimini

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song “Retro Gamer” for our Interview Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of “Getting it Done” for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.

Thank you to Dallas Welk, the editor of this episode!

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Who is Michael Cosimini? – 2:44

Dustin introduces Michael Cosimini, a Pediatrician, and teacher at Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Michael is also the creator of the card game Empiric.

Michael Cosimini is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and an attending physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He is the designer of Empiric Pediatric, a 2-4 player card game used to teach guideline-based antibiotic use for medical students and residents. 

Pizza and the Stock Market – 4:42

Michael shares a story from high school when he learned through gaming. He talks about a stock market simulation and his investment in pizza. We then get some insight into Michael’s history with gaming.

Games and Learning Monotonous Medical Material – 5:59

We then get some insight into Michael’s history with gaming. He talks about his experience playing Risk and then getting into Magic the Gathering. Then more recently he has played some games like Catan and Agricola. He also shares the reasons why he got into teaching with games. He felt creating game-based curriculum helped engage students in monotonous work centered around the medical field.

Empiric – 10:32

Michael describes his Antibiotic-based card game, Empiric. The two discuss the reasoning for the inclusion of specific mechanics and certain educational aspects of the game.

Game Design – 15:14

Michael gives tips for beginner game designers based on his experience designing his first game.

Playtesting and Feedback – 18:38

The two discuss the legitimacy of feedback from playtesters and how to achieve useful and cost-effective playtesting.

Last Words of Advice: Get Involved! – 24:09

Michael gives tips for beginner game designers based on his experience designing his first game. He talks about leveraging social media as a way to engage others who might be interested in your game.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 26:40

Dustin challenges Michael with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!

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