Adds Dr. Jacqueline Morano, a neurosurgical anesthesiologist and assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. “People who are good at video games are actually good at some aspects of clinical medicine.”

The Level Ex games are based on actual and sometimes rare cases that have been submitted by physicians. And however unorthodox it may seem, by playing them doctors can earn CME or continuing medical education credits toward maintaining their licenses.

“It is super important for us to have access to continuing medical education,” Morano says.