New Year, New Tools for EVMS Medical School Students

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Inspire your students to give a TED talk

Get inspired to speak to your students this year by watching a 12 year old boy from Kenya. He will inspire you to be brave, and think outside the box.

In his article for Harvard Business Review, Chris Anderson gives some great advice for how to give one of these famous talks.
1. Frame your talk as a journey and tell the story
2. Quickly get to the reason why you care deeply about this topic
3. Practice – script, bullet points, or memorization all require practice
4. Stand still and use hand gestures wisely. Make eye contact
5. NEVER read words on a slide
6. Video clips should be short and demonstrate something that could not be told in a story
7. Show your passion. There is a reason why you love your topic and we want to know why.

Google Glass knows your patients!

ER doctors at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston use Google Glass to get information about patients with a QR code.  My geeky little heart is racing over this one:  

Excerpt from Ars Technica 

When a clinician walks into an emergency department room, he or she looks at [a] bar code (a QR or Quick Response code) placed on the wall. Google Glass immediately recognizes the room and then the ED Dashboard sends information about the patient in that room to the glasses, appearing in the clinician’s field of vision. The clinician can speak with the patient, examine the patient, and perform procedures while seeing problems, vital signs, lab results and other data.

If you are looking to develop for Google Glass take a look here  Please, someone link this up to electronic medical records with voice entry so docs aren’t struggling to enter patient information during or after an exam.  

It is a great time to be in medical education!

Tech envy

I want a pair and I admit it. I have tech envy. University of California Irvine medical school students are getting Google glass just think of all the cool things they can do with it.

My vision of utilizing Google glass in medical education and in medical practice would be to include a dictation component to the medical record so doctors can seamlessly collect information while they are seeing a patient. Instead of stopping and typing or waiting until the encounter is over to record the information the doctor can dictate directly to the record while looking at the record this is what I envision.

Team Based Learning at Duke

ImageThis short video will give you an idea of what team based learning looks like in medical education.  Duke Medical School in Singapore uses TBL extensively in their curriculum.  The structure looks like this:

  • Faculty work as a team to write objectives, select materials for instruction, write test questions, and create scenarios for cases.
  • Students study material chosen by the team of faculty members.  The material may include recorded lectures, articles, videos, or other related material.
  • Students take an individual test to make sure they learning the basic material.
  • Students discuss their answers to the test questions as a group and answer the questions.
  • Students use this material to investigate clinical applications (they look like cases).
  • Faculty act as guides to answer questions the students may have.

Check it out