Your trust: our reliability

Your trust in Clinical Odyssey stems from the reliability of our four titles and their 600+ learning modules. Learn more about our content and how we create it.

Our titles are carefully designed to meet strict medical, didactical, technological, and user experience specifications that maximize their learning effectiveness.

The following will help you:

  • understand our different titles and their formats;
  • discover the heart of all our products, the learning module (LM);
  • appreciate our creative process and quality control methods; and
  • follow how discussion boards and customer support are crucial to our continuous improvement efforts.

Different formats for different learning styles and needs

Clinical Odyssey’s titles are an assortment of different didactic formats tailored to meet your multiple learning styles and needs. Our titles can be summarized as follows:

Clinical Sense

Interactive scenarios to help you improve your ability to appropriately manage a patient over time (from presentation to admission to discharge and follow-up). Every scenario provides relevant facts and succinct explanations behind the underlying diagnostic and management rationale. They are intended to cover medical knowledge in breadth, and take between 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Explain Medicine

Reference articles to help you stay up to date by providing easy-to-understand facts that are directly backed by citations to papers in peer-reviewed journals or standard textbook chapters. Every article has information presented as fact-explanation pairs (i.e., a succinct fact is paired with a detailed explanation). They are intended to be read independently of one another, and take between 10 and 15 minutes to read.

Prognosis: Your Diagnosis

Interactive case studies to help you improve your abilities to identify the most appropriate investigations and optimal presentations, giving you comprehensive explanations behind the underlying clinical thought process and rationale supporting today's most appropriate interventions. Every case study is highly focused. They are intended to cover medical knowledge in depth, and take between five and 10 minutes to complete.

QBank Prepper (New!)

Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to help you focus your test-prep time on medical knowledge blocks that can be more easily understood and recalled. Every MCQ provides relevant facts and succinct explanations justifying the rationale for each best answer recommended. They are properly backed by citations to papers in peer-reviewed journals or standard textbook chapters, can be used independently of one another, and take between one and two minutes to complete.

The Learning Module

Clinical Odyssey’s titles organize and deliver clinical knowledge in succinct, individual units called learning modules (LMs). Every Clinical Sense scenario, Explain Medicine article, Prognosis case, and QBank Prepper MCQ is an LM.

LMs provide just the right amount of information you need to achieve a specific task and strengthen a clinical concept. Irrespective of the Clinical Odyssey title to which they belong, every LM includes:

  • descriptive metadata for defining the main topic (subject and organ system covered, author and peer reviewer names, learning topics covered);
  • facts essential for comprehending the main topic;
  • contextual information for narrowing the scope of the main topic;
  • succinct explanations for understanding all clinical reasoning pertinent to the main topic;
  • facts, contextual information, and explanations of secondary topics relevant to the main topic; and
  • detailed citations and references supporting the knowledge provided in the LM.

Combined, these features have proven to make the Clinical Odyssey LM a powerful resource capable of delivering bite-sized knowledge with a big learning impact.

A creative process built on quality assurance

Clinical Odyssey LMs are published regularly, while existing LMs are updated regularly as well. They are written in-house by our team of experienced and carefully-vetted clinicians, and peer-reviewed by one or more members of our International Medical Board (the MJ IMB). IMB members are experienced professionals accredited by the governing body in their country of practice, or senior specialist trainees enrolled in a fully accredited medical academic program.

Learn more about our authors → Learn more about our IMB peer reviewers →

Creating a LM takes plenty of attention to detail and lots of practice. The process consists of five stages, each with one or more quality checks to ensure that the work we do is of the highest standard. Additionally, three of our five creation stages are purely about quality control:

  • draft writing
  • compliance reviews (CRs)
  • editorial review
  • International Medical Board (IMB) review
  • final approval

At Medical Joyworks, CR consist of an exhaustive set of criteria used to revise and evaluate our authors’ work. For instance, the CR for an Explain Medicine reference article – the smallest of our LM types – covers 43 criteria split across three categories: structural, text, and medical quality. All LMs must attain a perfect CR score of 100% before they can advance to the next creation stages.

An LM’s editorial review is done by Medical Joyworks’s editor-in-chief. This inspection ensures that the LM’s CR didn’t miss anything. Our editor-in-chief also helps guarantee that the LM’s tone and style are consistent with those found across all of our publications.

The IMB review is a peer-review process validating the realistic nature and academic quality of our work. We like to view our LMs as a form of scholarly publication with real-life application. Therefore, we uphold their quality and validity as such with the help of our IMB members. There are more than 180 recognized specialist physicians from around the world in our IMB Program. These professionals are actively working in academia, government, and industry; and one or more may be involved in revising a single LM.

Learn more about our IMB peer reviewers →

In the final approval stage, LMs are revised one more time by our team to ensure that all inputs, edits, and corrections have been taken into account. If something is not right, we will fix the problem immediately. We will also assess (then and there) the root cause of the problem identified, taking whatever steps necessary to make certain that the same mistake is not repeated later.

Discussion boards, customer support, and continuous improvements

Ensuring the quality of our LMs goes well beyond the creation process. In fact, we conduct periodic reviews of our content to certify that they are accurate, up to date, and complete.

Moreover, every conversation with you in discussion boards, product reviews, emails, and calls is used to assess our work’s effectiveness. We carefully analyze these interactions to determine whether an LM is delivering as promised, including whether you can understand it fully. If something is not right, we will acknowledge it with you and resolve it immediately. We will also determine the root cause of the issue, taking whatever steps necessary so that the same mistake is not repeated later.

With a team of physicians, specialists, language experts, programmers, and production engineers behind all of our work, it is no wonder that you can always rely on our different titles and their library of LMs!