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Distributed Medical Education: Lessons in Change

In 2002, the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Medicine, in partnership with the University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, and B.C. provincial health authorities, accepted a mandate from the provincial government. Their task was to double the number of physicians in the province and bring doctors to areas of the province that were then badly underserved. In addressing these challenges, technology played a pivotal role. The result was a transformation, the complexity and magnitude of which cannot be overstated. Along the way, lessons were learned that will pay dividends for future changes.

It is Time to Teach Technology: Thoughts on Digital Literacy in the Medical Curriculum

When we began our foray into the advancement of mobile technology in medical education, our team was highly focused on the basic requirements for getting our program up and running. Before August 2010, the tablet computer/device was a relatively foreign concept and in medical education, it was unheard of. While we could envision its potential, the role of the tablet was yet to be fully realized. Our experience was not unique, however. Through collaborations with over 30 other US medical schools that have employed such devices, we discovered that the question of how best to implement tablets in medical education was a pervasive theme. (October 2012)

Learning Analytics: The Possibilities and the Unknowns for Medical Education

Data analytics are widely used in business and in computing, though only recently have been applied to the educational context. Learning analytics is an emerging field for “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs” (Siemens et al., 2011, p. 4). The general approach is to mine data from one or various digital systems related to student learning activities, and provide visualized reports in order to guide or improve student performance. Given that the systems from which learning analytics data are drawn - such as learning management systems (LMS) or learning content management systems (LCMS) - may be used for both learning and administrative purposes, learning analytics must be carefully distinguished from academic analytics. Academic analytics is a practice focused on the analysis of administratively strategic data sets, such as student retention and graduation. (June 2012)

Best Strategies for Copyright Management: Questions, Confusion and Risk in the Digital World

The role of the Health Sciences Copyright Management Office (CMO) as part of the Health Sciences Library at the Ohio State University provides a successful example of how to provide copyright education to health sciences students, faculty, and staff.  Copyright issues and questions in the health sciences arise during activities such as preparing patient handouts and information; showing moving pictures for staff or patient groups; a variety of publicity efforts, including social media initiatives; publications related to teaching and conferences; and the sharing of results from evidence-based research. At the Ohio State University, the perfect “fit” for the CMO has been within the library.  The library’s traditional role and mission provide a focus on copyright education rather than on litigation alone. (March 2012)

Digital Professionalism: Is the Digital a Problem?

Digital technologies (whether for good or ill) now frame much of our day-to-day experiences. However, despite the ubiquity of the digital in both medical education and medical practice there is often great anxiety over what our learners, staff and faculty might do with it. Not only have mistakes and misdemeanors through sites like FaceBook or YouTube made the headlines there have probably been a great many more near misses (Ferdig et al, 2008; Chretien et al, 2009). Ill judged online actions have led to some learners failing to secure or retain employment or access to a program of study (Cain, Doneka & Smith, 2010). (July 2011)

IT Help Desk to IT Service Desk: Achieving True First Call Resolution

In 2009, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) insourced its information technology service desk, centralized its desktop and server support, and implemented a rotational support model. The average rate of first call resolution increased by 33 percent over previous outsourced support, and survey results indicate satisfaction among users at 4.5 out of 5. (March 2011)

Lightening the Burden of Research Administration Through System Integration

Internal and external pressures for compliance and regulatory accountability have complicated research administration and contributed to an increase in the approval times of research protocols. Technology enables the development of tightly integrated research administration systems. Find out how Information Services in the University of Maryland School of Medicine has made the oversight of research activities less burdensome for all involved with a new electronic application that integrates the research administration activities of the IRB, the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).. (January 2011)

Dynamic Support for Dynamic Challenges

Using Collexis to support the University of Michigan Medical School Faculty, Administration and Research Missions

In November of 2008, the University of Michigan Medical School began a relationship with Collexis, a leader in researcher expert profiling systems, to provide a Research Profiles Web site for faculty researchers at the school. By mining text and analyzing document collections, a researcher's publications are collected under their unique profile and ID. The Medical School’s first release of the site was in June 2009, and both faculty and school administration have been pleased with the benefits received. (November 2010)

Mobile Computing: Infusing Technology to Meet the Evolving Learning Needs of Medical Students

In 2009, the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) implemented a mobile computing initiative delivering a mobile application suite, a suite of medical applications, and custom mobile applications. With the influx of millennial students and their desire to embrace technology into all aspects of life, including learning, MCG undertook a mobile computing initiative called MCG Mobile. Delivering a highly integrated, technology-infused curriculum that reflects and responds to students' evolving learning styles is one of MCG's strategic themes. (July 2010)

Cooperation and 'IDEAS' Renew Collaboration

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) has a long-standing and successful partnership with the Audie Murphy South Texas Veterans Health Care System. (Feb 2010)

The Data Concierge

The transformation of biomedical research into a data-centric enterprise is creating new challenges for managing and disseminating data to the research community. (Aug 2009)

The MedBuiquitous Specification for Virtual Patient: A Tool to Facilitate Sharing Is Nearing Readiness

Cook and Triola recently published an excellent review of the use of and research concerning Virtual Patients (VPs) for medical education. (May 2009)

Big Changes are Coming: Is Medical Education Ready?

In the wake of the most significant presidential inauguration in the history of our relatively young country, there is palpable excitement regarding the incoming administration's embrace of transformational leadership and educational technologies. (Mar 2009)

A Learner-Centered Infrastructure: The Next Generation Learning Management System

For many early adopters, the introduction of course management systems came out of administratively-driven initiatives. (Nov. 2008)

ePortfolios and Assessing Competence: The Western Reserve2 Curriculum

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine launched the Western Reserve2 (WR2) curriculum in July 2006. (Aug. 2008)

Web 2.0 and Medical Education: It's Here. Are You Ready?

"Web 2.0" is a term used to refer to a diverse collection of Web sites and Internet services that focus on user-centric design. Well-known examples include YouTube, Blogs (Web-logs), and Wikipedia. (May 2008)

Do Medical Students, Interns, and Residents Need National Provider Identifiers?

The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification Standard. The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. (Feb. 2008)



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