Category : Resources

RESOURCE: Coursera’s fee-based course option | Inside Higher Ed

"Coursera will offer a fee-based pathway with identity verification for students who want to earn a more meaningful certificate of completion, the company said today in an announcement that also sheds light on an emerging business model for the largest massive open online course (MOOC) provider." http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/09/courseras-fee-based-course-option

RESOURCE: Trends in Twitter Use by Physicians at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, 2010 and 2011

Abstract Purpose: Social media channels such as Twitter are gaining increasing acceptance as mechanisms for instantaneous scien- tific dialogue. Professional medical societies such as ASCO are using social media to expand the reach of scientific communica- tions at and around their scientific meetings. This article exam- ines the how Twitter use by oncologists expanded at the

RESOURCE: An Interactive Internet-Based Continuing Education Course on Sexually Transmitted Diseases for Physicians and Midwives in Peru

Abstract Background: Clinicians in developing countries have had limited access to continuing education (CE) outside major cities, and CE strategies have had limited impact on sustainable change in performance. New educational tools could improve CE accessibility and effectiveness. Methodology/Principal Findings: The objective of this study was to evaluate an interactive Internet-based CE course on Sexually

Set-it-and-forget-it Social Learning Tools via MyPubMed

I took the time a few years ago to set up a series of saved searches using PubMed. The fact that I was able to do this quite effectively despite not being a medical librarian plus having to navigate Pubmed’s less-than-perfect interface, suggests that you could probably do it too!

As a result, several time a week I receive an alert to all of the new publications that may be relevant to my search. Some days I have a chance to peruse them, some times I do not, but on most Mondays I enjoy flipping through a list of ‘What’s new in medical education?” or “What’s new in social media AND learning?” as I am enjoying my breakfast. The beauty is that I have leveraged a set-it-and-forget-it tool

CLASSIC POST: Re-engineering the Data Stream from Meetings to Medical Practices

Here is a brief excerpt from our latest Medical Meetings cover story:

For some in the medical community, the frustrations and the inadequacies of the CME system described above are glaring, and many have begun to engineer their own personal workarounds. But homegrown efforts and small peripheral technology solutions aren’t going to fix the inefficiencies and failures of the current knowledge stream. 

While “need” and “education” are defined locally, an efficient flow of new medical information into practice requires a re-engineering of the very system of data collection, review, publishing, and subsequent dissemination and education. This means the central players in the medical community—the societies, associations, research institutions, and educational providers—must evolve as well, embracing the parallel movements of rapid-learning healthcare systems and social learning.