An SJSU Interaction Design Group Project

by Courtney Novits, Kelsey Sutherland and Sean Richards


Working in the Emergency Room can be one of the most difficult and demanding positions for a doctor working in any hospital. Emergency Room doctors must be capable of attending to a wide variety of patient needs and be ready to work with multiple patients, nurses, and other personnel in a fast-paced, unexpected environment. At UCLA Medical Center, residents are specially trained to work in the Emergency Room by professional doctors and staff to handle everything from complex surgery to simple patient relations.

Problems and Solutions

Interacting with 4 classes of around 12 residents each, program directors work to help residents understand concepts and evaluate their progress on a daily basis. While the school’s current systems take raw information and display data through number crunching algorithms and basic charts, we sought to create data visualizations that would be straightforward and inviting. Through the creation of a dashboard to house basic data, show time-based progress, and provide comparisons with class expectations, we created pages that make it easier for both residents and directors to understand their progress and where they need improvement.

Market Research

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    Mood Boards

    Information Architecture

    The UCLA Medical Centre application implements both input and output modes in order to evaluate residents and review data on selected individuals. Designed to work with everyone from residents to scribes to program directors, the application’s architecture reflects a commitment to detailed data and user experience.


    Selecting a resident to evaluate

    The director would like to enter his residents’ most recent exam results

    Evaluating a resident

    The director would like to complete any pending resident evaluations

    Review results as a resident

    A resident logs in to see his latest results

    Reviewing and comparing residents’ results

    The director required a master view where they could review the results of all residents.


    To give the application a consistent feel, the director’s view is no different to the residents’ but with an additional resident selection bar. We made it easy for the director to focus on a single resident by dragging the resident’s profile. The director can compare a single student’s results with the cohort mean button.

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