“Night Shift is an adventure video game played on iOS-capable devices where the player is an emergency medicine physician in a number of different environments. As the player goes through each chapter, they must solve different puzzles and cure patients of their maladies. The goal is for the player to learn the characteristics of the patients and diagnose each patient as accurately as possible. The game’s design is to challenge the heuristics of physicians and how they think of the “trauma” patient.
Night Shift is a collaboration between Schell Games and the Department of Critical Care Medicine in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The project was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.