Craig Stevenson

Game Designer

EFM - Emergency Obstetrics Trainer

EFM assesses fetal tracing skills of OB/GYN Physicians and Nurses. The trainer tests the players ability to stop early indications of dangerous signs on a fetal tracing strip over an eight hour delivery period and provides valuable feedback on the player's performance.

Partnering with Washington Hospital Center's head of Obstetrics, Dr. Tamika Auguste, my team created an interactive experience that is typically taught through memorization and role playing exercises in a simulation lab. The project has been awarded an AHRQ grant and is currently being studied to determine its efficacy, using traditional training methods as a comparison. The results will be used to further develop the game to expand to training for Nurses and Midwives.

EFM begins by presenting the player with an expectant mother of 38 weeks with no prenatal care. The mother is an at risk pregnant teen showing signs of a potential fatal disease, pre-eclampsia. It is up to the player to safely diagnose and treat the patient and guide her through her first pregnancy.

My contributions on the project included designing the game mechanics, 3Cs, design documentation and development production in addition to extensive collaboration with a team of physicans, nurses, and midwives to develop the patient cases and critical decision points.