D.M. Dinwiddie, Physician-in-Training

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Excellent resource for learning first aid.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this software is an excellent teaching source for learning first aid. You may want to warn kids that the graphics are not very high-tech.This game is a little hard to track down so you may need to check with online retailers or resellers.

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What's it about?

Developed by Health Media Lab with grants from the National Institutes of Health, D.M. DINWIDDIE, PHYSICIAN-IN-TRAINING teaches children to identify and treat 12 common medical conditions: burns, choking, insect bites and stings, bumps and bruises, cuts and bleeding, sunburn, sprains and broken bones, food poisoning, common cold, influenza, tonsillitis, and appendicitis. Kids play as D.M. Dinwiddie, a 12-year old girl or boy (player's choice) who is earning a Medical Arts Achievement Badge. Through a series of interactive adventures, D.M. finds injured characters in her virtual neighborhood, including her little brother who has an insect bite.

By looking at and talking with the injured characters, and then using a special MedLab (an onscreen database that serves as a reference and diagnostic guide) and her first-aid kit, D.M. is able to diagnose and treat the hurt people.

Is it any good?

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This title does an excellent job of teaching first aid in an interactive setting. Although its graphical presentation is simplistic, kid-testers enjoyed playing through the 12 adventures and welcomed learning first aid by helping virtual people instead of simply memorizing medical conditions.

Teachers, a school version is also available for $89.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they learned. Have you suffered any of the conditions in the game? Do you think you'll remember what to do in an emergency? Can video games help teach practical real-life skills and knowledge?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$29.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Health Media Lab
Release date:August 19, 2003
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:NR for (Mac, Windows)

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