TechTool review of GenSurgCall by on Jeremy Tan on iOS (reviewed on iPhone)
GenSurgCall is a quick-reference guide, which gives a brief overview of general surgical problems. It’s most useful for med students and very junior doctors.
Design and User Interface
The design is absent and the UI is all over the place. On first glance it looks just like a very basic app with text and rows and general dullness – to be honest I almost couldn’t face looking through it. However, it has a few surprising features in there.
- The UI is completely inconsistent – every page has a different style and size of buttons, switches and navigation. Even if it’s going to be basic, at least stick to a uniform UI throughout.
- The design is somewhat lacking. It doesn’t cost much to just get a basic design to brighten up the app. And don’t even get me started on the app icon
Once you get past the dreary look you might be pleasantly surprised. The app covers common general surgical problems which can stop less experienced doctors from feeling so daft when they call for a surg review. Plus there is some nice bonus content in here
- Videos of procedures
- Pictures (always handy to be able to see a picture of anal warts)
- Some calculators (GCS and Alvarado scoring)
- It is free but that’s no excuse for not bothering with the design. Free app users still deserve some joy
Room for Improvement
- Design an icon that doesn’t look like it’s a religious symbol
- Design some app graphics
- Make the UI uniform
The content in here is actually rather helpful (although only at a very basic level) which makes it all the more of a shame that it’s dressed in rags. In my opinion it would be far better to revamp the graphics and charge a small amount for the app. Do that and sales will pick up