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Archive for October, 2008

– Podcasting from Yale medical library-

Posted by drneelesh on October 29, 2008

Yale medical library published an interesting study-cum-project-cum-guide for use of screencasts and podcasts by medical learners.

The study finds many more off-campus users of the medical podcasts and videos than on-campus users. Not surprisingly, the cost benefits were very obvious. What i found particularly arresting was the suggestion of using only 1 to 3 minute long videos for teaching purposes. I would have thought that Ten minute videos would prove very effective. But apparently, yale students have difficulty viewing high quality content for more than a couple of minutes!!

See this slideshow for the complete report.

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-iPhone for Anatomy –

Posted by drneelesh on October 27, 2008

The uses of iphone in Medical education are endless. Heres another iphone app for Nettler”s anatomy. Very useful.

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-A radio channel for Medical education-

Posted by drneelesh on October 24, 2008

ReachMD(TM) Launches First Ever Continuing Medical Education (CME) iPhone Application for Doctors – International Business Times –


Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ — ReachMD XM satellite radio channel 157 has
launched the first ever-continuing medical education (CME) application
for the Apple iPhone and iTouch. This application will allow users to
listen to fully accredited CME programs, get exclusive updates on new
CME content each week, and take CME tests for credit with one click on
their iPhone or iTouch.

In announcing this new application, Gary Epstein, CEO of ReachMD,

said,”Busy physicians are seeking convenient and high quality medical
education to stay current and to fulfill requirements. It is our mission
to deliver the best medical information and education available today in
a multi-channel platform. This new iPhone application adds to all of our
other innovative ways to reach medical professionals and provides access
to the latest medical news and information in their car, online at home
or the office, and now with their iPhone.”

This application offers quick and easy access to medical education,
CME fulfillment, and specialty topics. Features of the one-of-a-kind
application include:

* CME exams directly on the iPhone
* Historical reference of past and ongoing CME exams
* Keyword search for specific programs
*Automatic updates of new CME programs
* New program and content alerts

For more information on the new CME application for the Apple iPhone
andiTouch, visit

ReachMD broadcasts 24/7 over the XM
satellite network as the first and only national radio station designed
specifically for medical professionals. Their original programming
includes interviews with world-renowned physicians covering
professional topics within clinical medicine,treatment, research,
executive management, government policies, technology and global health
issues, among others. Visit ReachMD on XM Channel 157 or


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-Hand devices in medical education-

Posted by drneelesh on October 22, 2008

Life as a Healthcare CIO: The Kindle for Medical Education

Medicine is much identified by thick large books. There were numerous jokes on the sheer size of the books. Medical students were advised to use their books for their gyming and weight training.But all has changed.

Studying medicine has become less physically taxing during medical school and after wards.An encouraging use of hand held devices in Medical education is outlined here by use of Kindle.

Similar uses of handheld devices to view documents and more (word/powerpoints/pdfs/videos) is a very good innovation in medical education.

An iPhone (or an iPod)can be put to similar good use in medical education. The medical students should all be issued one pre-configured iphone on their admissions. Ensuring such individualized reach to every student would yield HUGE benefits in trainings and expenditure on medical books and journals. WiFi access via iphone/hand held devices is the clear way to go for medical colleges in India.

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– Changing pattern of Medical entrance exam-

Posted by drneelesh on October 21, 2008

The Hindu : National : Apex court nod for objective tests in medical exams

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday approved the Central Board of
Secondary Education’s proposal to have objective type tests in both the
preliminary and final examinations for filling the 15 per cent all
India quota for admissions to medical/dental courses in 2009.

A Bench consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P.
Sathasivam approved the modified scheme, evolved by the CBSE, after it
faced problems in the present system of examinations, viz preliminary
tests with objective type and final tests with non-objective type.

In its application the CBSE submitted that the non-objective type
evaluation was most time consuming after the conduct of preliminary
tests. Further due to paucity of time left for counselling after the
declaration of result, “it becomes very difficult to conduct both the
rounds of counselling within the stipulated time limit.” It further
said “due to the introduction of non-objective type pattern of
examination, not only are the candidates under tremendous stress, but
there is also inevitably a large element of subjectivity involved in
the evaluation.”

The CBSE said that in the light of the difficulties experienced
during the last five years, there was an urgent need to review the
examination system to remove the flaws of the existing system without
affecting the quality of the candidates selected. A high-level
committee had recommended that both the preliminary and final
examinations should be conducted with objective type questions.

The preliminary examination will have 200 questions and each
question will carry four marks for a right answer and a negative mark
for a wrong answer. The final examination will have 120 objective type
questions and will be assessed in the same manner as the preliminary

The application sought a direction to permit the CBSE to conduct
the all-India pre-medical and dental entrance examination for 2009 as
per the revised scheme.

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-Gujarat Medical colleges to become "smart"-

Posted by drneelesh on October 19, 2008

Lecture theatres at six medical colleges to become ‘smart’

Ahmedabad, October 18 : To make the students conversant with e-learning systems, the lecture theatres of six Government medical colleges of the state will now be equipped with LCD projectors, laptops, interactive board, interactive pads and air conditioners. The echo-proof room will be converted into ‘smart lecture theatres’ to facilitate a better learning process for the students

A provision for grants for the upgradation of these theatres was decided upon at a meeting called by the director of health services, recently.

A grant of Rs 10 lakh has been given to the Baroda Medical College for the same. Dean A T Lehua said, “At least one classroom each will have to be developed as per the set format in all the six colleges.”

An investment of around Rs 25 lakh is needed for the same, he added. At present, the classrooms do not have air conditioning. Moreover, the professors use their personal laptops to give lectures and there are no interactive pads or boards as well, he added.

The grants to equip them differ from college to college, depending on the strength of the college and the level of upgradation required.

The Director of Medical Education, Dr Vitlani said, “The completion of the process will depend on the quantum of the work required. The colleges will soon chart out plans to implement it

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-India provides Medical education via Technology-

Posted by drneelesh on October 17, 2008

PGI to impart medical education, treatment guidelines to hospital in Bhutan
October 16, 2008
The Telemedicine project of the Post Graduate Institute of
Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) was connected with the Jigme
Dorji Wangchuck National
Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Thimphu in Bhutan, on Thursday as part of
its project to connect with the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) nations.

The PGI, through this programme, has been connected with Bhutan for
imparting medical education and assisting in the treatment of patients
by rendering medical advice. Sources at the PGI said it is the first
institute in the country, to be connected with another.

Professor K K Talwar, Director, PGIMER and Dr N Tenzin,
Medical Director, JDWNRH, held discussions regarding the new facility
on Thursday.

“The service will be provided by Telecommunication India
Ltd (TCIL), New Delhi by MPLS through BSNL. This is for the first time
that international connectivity will be used for the exchange of
medical advice on both sides on a regular basis,” said Dr Meenu Singh,
coordinator for SAARC Telemedicine Network, at PGI

The programme has been launched under the SAARC Telemedicine Network, an endeavour of the Ministry f External Affairs (MEA).

Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee had earlier announced that
international connectivity would be established at the PGI, a few
months ago.

“Bhutan is the first SAARC country to be connected under the
project. The link with Sri Lanka will be established next.
Subsequently, all the SAARC nations will be covered through
telemedicine at the PGI,” Dr Singh added.

Original news item here.

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-Distant rumblings against status quo in medical education-

Posted by drneelesh on October 16, 2008

More in Medical Education Can Be Done, Experts Say

More in Medical Education Can Be Done, Experts Say
Medical education training needs to move into the 21st century by focusing more on clinical outcomes and other quality measures along with information technology adoption, representatives from the academic medical community told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

The current system rates a “C” in terms of its proficiency in training physicians, said Thomas Nasca, CEO of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Standards on accreditation for these programs have primarily been driven by what happens in the field first, he said. Residents are accumulating medical knowledge instead of specific skills.

Nasca’s hope is that over the next five years accredited residency and fellowship programs will move toward a more proactive, innovative approach, where curricula will be driven by clinical-outcome measures, he said. An external accountability system for those outcomes should be developed to produce more-competent physicians, he said.

Surveys have shown that residents completing training and doctors entering the field don’t feel adequately prepared to care for common medical conditions—a situation that’s being aggravated in part by the growing number of chronically ill patients, said Michael Whitcomb, former senior vice president of medical education for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

At least part of Medicare’s graduate medical education payments could be contingent on developing training programs that place residents in environments that foster high-performance inpatient and outpatient care, suggested Benjamin Chu, president of Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California region.

Filed by Jennifer Lubell of Modern Healthcare, a sister publication of Workforce Management.

Original article here.

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Examples of Medical Education systems

Posted by drneelesh on October 14, 2008

Medical education – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Presently, in England, a typical medicine course at university is 5 years or 4 years if the student already holds a degree. Amongst some institutions and for some students, it may be 6 years (including the selection of an intercalated BSc—taking one year—at some point after the pre-clinical studies). All programs culminate in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (abbreviated MB BChir, BM BCh, MB BCh, MB ChB, BM BS, MB BS etc.). This is followed by 2 clinical foundation years afterwards, namely F1 and F2 similar to internship training. Students register with the UK General Medical Council at the end of F1. At the end of F2, they may pursue further years of study.

In the US and Canada, a potential medical student must first complete an undergraduate degree in any subject before applying to a graduate medical school to pursue an (M.D. or D.O.) program. Some students opt for the research-focused MD/PhD dual degree, which is usually completed in 7-8 years. There are certain courses which are pre-requisite for being accepted to medical school, such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, English, labwork, etc. The specific requirements vary by school.

In Australia, there are two pathways to a medical degree. Students can choose to take a five or six year undergraduate medical degree Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS or BMed) straight from high school, or complete a bachelors degree (generally three years, usually in the medical sciences) and then apply for a four year graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program.

In India, admission to a medical college is primarily through a national level entrance exam after finishing 10+2 years of schooling. The Course itself lasts for 4.5 years, followed by a compulsory one year internship rotation leading to a M.B.B.S degree. Three year specialization courses leading to a M.D / M.S is usually the next step for most young M.B.B.S graduates in India.

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News from Karnataka.

Posted by drneelesh on October 14, 2008

Star Of Mysore Online

Shimoga, Oct. 13 (KCU)- The State Government was seriously contemplating to come out of the clutches of the Medical Council of India (MCI), announced Ramachandregowda, Minister for Medical Education.

Speaking to the media here yesterday after paying a visit to the Government Medical College, he felt that the rules and regulations of MCI had become too stringent. Out of 53 Ayurveda Colleges in the State, 32 have not yet obtained recognition. A time had come to delink the medical colleges of the State from the stronghold of MCI. In that context, the Government was contemplating to constitute the Medical Council of Karnataka. It has to be verified whether such a move was constitutionally feasible, he said.

A wrong notion had erupted that students of Government medical and engineering colleges were terrorists. Actually few terrorists had got admitted in the guise of students. The Intelligence Wing had intensified the search for such elements, he said. The Government had instructed to scrap CET for admission to Government Nursing Colleges and admit eligible students based on personal interview.

The process would start shortly. The move was necessitated by too many vacancies in Government Nursing Colleges, he explained.

Referring to the misappropriation case of Dr. Chidanand, former Principal of Govt. Medical College, Shimoga, the Minister said that information had been received that the accused might be hiding in Chennai or Kerala. The investigation was on and all irregularities would be unearthed to see that the genuine eligible candidates were not let down, he assured.

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