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Technology based learning in Medicine? You wish!

Posted by drneelesh on September 8, 2009

Internet based training has been adopted in a number of disciplines but for some vested interests, not much progress has been made in the Medical field. Reasons given for this hesitation range from constructive real doubts (Will it teach them all the nuances they need to know?) to manipulative self doubts (what if the students don’t need me anymore?).Not too many of the Teachers realize that these tools are to assist them in grooming future doctors, and not to replace them in the system. The last time any major breakthrough was achieved in education was when oral teaching was supplemented by printing of books. I can only imagine the astonishment and resistance the teachers of that era would have expressed on realizing that students could get information in their absence, too!! “Stop printing Books!“, they said, ” It will poison the minds of our students. And anyways, what can some ink on paper teach a student without having heard the same thing from a Guru”s mouth?”. Use of internet in education is probably the single most beneficial addition to education after Printing.

A study led by a team of education researchers from Mayo Clinic and recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that Internet-based education generally is effective.The study was conducted by David Cook, M.D, and Denise Dupras, M.D., Ph.D., Patricia Erwin, and Victor Montori, M.D., all of Mayo Clinic; and Anthony Levinson, M.D., and Sarah Garside, M.D., Ph.D., from McMaster University.

The research also showed that Internet-based instruction compared favorably to traditional instructional methods… confirm that, across a wide variety of learners, learning contexts, clinical topics, and learning outcomes, Internet-based instruction can be as effective as traditional methods.” Dr. Cook notes that Internet-based instruction has unique advantages, including flexible scheduling, adaptability of instruction, and readily available content that is easily updated. “As health care workers balance challenging practice demands, the ever-expanding volume of medical knowledge requires us to find more effective, efficient ways to learn,” says Dr. Cook. “Internet-based instruction will be an important part of the solution.


News report on Eureka alert

This is not the first report which says this, and this definitely wont be the last. Private players in India, like MEdRC Edutech have taken a bold lead in creating computer based medical e learning content and LMS, but with so much resistance in the higher places, it seems like a long war ahead for CBT pioneers in medicine.

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Clinical quiz online from BMJ

Posted by drneelesh on June 29, 2009

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A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Quizzes are also brief assessments used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills.Online quizzes are a popular form of entertainment for web surfers. Online quizzes are generally free to play and can form an important medium of health information dispersion.

Best Practice is brought to you by the BMJ Evidence Centre – a division of the BMJ Group that is working to provide health care professionals with innovative new products and tools that make evidence useful in practice. Individuals can register online for a 30-day personal free trial. To access your trial you will require a BMJ MyAccount. You can register and then follow the steps to set up your free trial.

I found this quiz on the BMJ Best practices site. It lets you choose the speciality you want to be quizzed on and also times your answers, letting you score more for quick answers. It was fun, and i managed to score 80%. Their scoreboard showed a long list of quizzers with perfect 10 scores, so maybe i need to get back to my textbooks now.

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Clinical quiz online from BMJ

Posted by drneelesh on June 29, 2009

BMJImage by Pickersgill Reef via Flickr

A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Quizzes are also brief assessments used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills.Online quizzes are a popular form of entertainment for web surfers. Online quizzes are generally free to play and can form an important medium of health information dispersion.

Best Practice is brought to you by the BMJ Evidence Centre – a division of the BMJ Group that is working to provide health care professionals with innovative new products and tools that make evidence useful in practice. Individuals can register online for a 30-day personal free trial. To access your trial you will require a BMJ MyAccount. You can register and then follow the steps to set up your free trial.

I found this quiz on the BMJ Best practices site. It lets you choose the speciality you want to be quizzed on and also times your answers, letting you score more for quick answers. It was fun, and i managed to score 80%. Their scoreboard showed a long list of quizzers with perfect 10 scores, so maybe i need to get back to my textbooks now.

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Patient education Info on Swine Flu.

Posted by drneelesh on April 25, 2009


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The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves “an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential.”



But on surfing the Web, I didn’t really find too much information on this. So i decided to make a short educational brochure on this. You can find it below as an embed or click on this link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14627912/Swine-Flu-in-North-America

Swine Flu in North America Swine Flu in North America

Prevention of Swine Flu Prevention of Swine Flu NeeleshBhandari Information on prevention and chemoprophylaxis of swine flu.

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Patient education Info on Swine Flu.

Posted by drneelesh on April 25, 2009


Planet AppleImage by mmatasic via Flickr

The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves “an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential.”



But on surfing the Web, I didn’t really find too much information on this. So i decided to make a short educational brochure on this. You can find it below as an embed or click on this link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14627912/Swine-Flu-in-North-America

Swine Flu in North America Swine Flu in North America

Prevention of Swine Flu Prevention of Swine Flu NeeleshBhandari Information on prevention and chemoprophylaxis of swine flu.

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Medical Animations – WebSlides

Posted by drneelesh on April 2, 2009

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Medicine is a very visual science requiring a lot of imagination of processes taking place at cellular and sub cellular levels. Almost none of the disease processes currently understood can be seen. Even something as simple as a Flu infection(influenza virus) has to be imagined to be understood, forget opaque diseases like Danubian endemic familial nephropathy. Animation helps in simplifying the process for a large number of visual learners.

A few other uses of Medical animations ( besides medical education) include-

* Medical field related Web sites,
* Sales Training,
* Patient Education,
* Slide Kits and Presentations,
* Multimedia Posters/Abstracts,
* Health promotion,
* Advertising and traditional marketing,
* Trade shows and Symposium,
* Multimedia journals,
* Online social marketing, etc.

I use Medical animations frequently and am always on the lookout for interesting and original Medical animation sites. There are many animation sites out there but very few achieve the required levels of professionalism and accuracy. I have prepared this slide-kit to showcase a few of such sites. This list is by no way exhaustive but only a limited view of this field. To keep the list short and interesting, i had to fore go a few websites. Kindly pardon me if i missed yours.

You could add other such interesting sites as comments at the end of this post.
Enjoy.


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-Distance education in Medical and paramedical sciences

Posted by drneelesh on March 9, 2009

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In a developing country such as India, where an optimal level of health service is a dream to many, there are far too few health workers in training and the number of training institutions is far too few. To understand the gravity of the situation, there are more than 365,000 doctors, 264,000 nurses and 350,000 allied health professionals which includes Multipurpose Health Workers, Village Health Guide, etc. Whereas, proper training facilities exist only at a few institutions like National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), State Health and Family Welfare Training Centers. With a limited number of available training institutions, it is nearly impossible to train large numbers of medical officers and paramedical workers. Nearly 47 Health and Family Training Centers (HFWTC’s) and seven Central Training Institutes (CTIS) provide health and family welfare training to all categories of health functionaries in the country. These long-duration training programs attract a limited number of clients, and hence most of the institutions also organize in-house short-term training programs which has less than the desired impact on their functionaries.

Distance education is a relatively new concept which not only has the ability to train a large number of health care workers in a short time in a cost effective way but can also attend to skills of health care without diluting the quality.Distance teaching-learning often involves a multi-media approach to design, develop and implement independent learning programs through self-instructional materials, both in print and electronic media forms. Distance study allows self pacing for convenience and also facilitates learners having control over their learning. The various media used for distance education delivery include among others, print materials, audio and video programs, interactive multimedia content,radio and television programs, laboratory practicals, extended contact programs, and teleconferencing. Many of the required software are open source and easy to use, like Moodle.

The following issues need to be addressed and considered for successful application of distance education programs for health professions:

1. Since health sciences deal with life and death and are therefore are more skill-oriented (rather than more knowledge-based), it is felt that providing basic beginning or early training in the field of health may not be feasible through distance learning. Being an innovative and flexible system, and having the ability to respond to emerging training and educational needs, distance education is more appropriate for inservice training of health personnel.

2. The academic programs have been confined to a limited area of health education and training. In order to meet the diversified and emerging needs of health workers, the programs and courses have to go beyond medical graduates to include a wide variety of need-based functional areas ranging from simple awareness programs to more complicated skill-oriented courses on epidemiology and health economics.

3. Application of sophisticated communication technology has to be done cautiously, keeping in view clients needs, cost, media behavior and infrastructure and facilities at the receiving end. In the developing countries including India, audio and television programs seem to be more feasible and promising. Furthermore, multi-media packages need to include a large amount of hands-on and field experience.

4. An issue to be deliberated is the provision of student support services for health workers and professionals. While compulsory counseling and extended contact increase the effectiveness of programs, these on the other hand pose problems to both providers as well as the receivers of health education. More practical-oriented courses need to have compulsory built-in face-to-face components; and work centers or practice centers at grassroots level with required instructional provisions would be more feasible than regular study centers.

In conclusion, it is worth noting that distance education has tremendous potential for providing education and training programs to different categories of medical and paramedical personnel as a means of helping achieve the goals of HFA. In addition to the national agencies such as the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Indira Gandhi National Open University, international agencies such as WHO and UNICEF need to play increasingly prominent roles in facilitating the achievement of national and institutional targets. Proper use of ISRO provided satellite communication facilities can make distance education courses an important aspect of ongoing medical education.

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Simulation technology for medical education

Posted by drneelesh on February 16, 2009

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Virtual world has caught on in a
big way.And it can really prove a boon in Medical education, for many reasons. The first reason which comes to mind is that the training of medical and paramedical staff is much easier and without any risk to real patients. Below is a video showing use of virtual technology for training in case of emergencies like accidents and multiple trauma. This video uses a multi-player format for this purpose. A great number of other interactive tools and methods can be added to increase its effectiveness. Also, it can be converted into a full blown game with bonus points for correct interventions by the medical staff and penalties for losing the patient because of preventable medical errors.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwQlHNlpVcE
Demonstration of using a virtual world for emergency preparedness training. This example has citizens hurt by an explosion and paramedics having to coordinate the triage and treatment process. All the avatars are played by real people.

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Simulation technology for medical education

Posted by drneelesh on February 16, 2009

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Virtual world has caught on in a
big way.And it can really prove a boon in Medical education, for many reasons. The first reason which comes to mind is that the training of medical and paramedical staff is much easier and without any risk to real patients. Below is a video showing use of virtual technology for training in case of emergencies like accidents and multiple trauma. This video uses a multi-player format for this purpose. A great number of other interactive tools and methods can be added to increase its effectiveness. Also, it can be converted into a full blown game with bonus points for correct interventions by the medical staff and penalties for losing the patient because of preventable medical errors.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwQlHNlpVcE
Demonstration of using a virtual world for emergency preparedness training. This example has citizens hurt by an explosion and paramedics having to coordinate the triage and treatment process. All the avatars are played by real people.

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My early steps in professional Medical Communication

Posted by drneelesh on February 13, 2009

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Medicine is a very visual science. I am always excited by the scope of visualization in Medical sciences, whether it is for diagnosis, training or patient education.

In fact Mark IV, a Medical animations and content provider firm located in Coimbatore, South India with offices in UK and Singapore is doing some excellent work in this field. I also know Dr. Ajit Babu at Amrita institute of Medical sciences is doing some path-breaking work in use of virtual reality in medical sciences. This is being done by Center for digital health, Amrita institute of medical sciences, Kochi in collaboration with Buffalo University, U.S.

Anyways, i stumbled onto this fantastic video on the blog, REVEALED, showing use of virtual reality in medical education. Though the simulation shows great scope, the accuracy and details can be improved on. Great work, nevertheless.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak6l7OC0SpY

This virtual reality simulation of the pelvic floor is shown running on an ImmersaDesk at the Virtual Reality Medicine Laboratory (VRMedLab) at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Both the Pelvic Floor simulation and the ImmersaDesk were developed at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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