The AAMC, Khan Academy, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a new collaboration to provide free, online resources to help students prepare for the revised MCAT that will be administered in 2015. To develop the new content, they will sponsor a competition to encourage medical students and residents to create educational tutorials (collections of videos, questions, and articles) about concepts that will be tested by the new MCAT exam. Video submissions are now being accepted online; the deadline for submissions is June 14, 2013.
Khan Academy will review the videos and select the winners, who will receive an all-expenses-paid weeklong program as they are trained by Khan Academy staff and scholars. Trainees then will produce the new collection of tutorials on pre-health competencies. Full contest rules, submission guidelines, and criteria for entry can be found at www.khanacademy.org/about/med-competition.
The Instructional Technologies Group has put together a new site for SOM faculty to find resources that can assist in their teaching:
Medical Educator Resources
The resources that are currently on the Med Ed site have been consolidated here.
When you land on the Home page, you will find announcements/news about interesting things we’d like to share with you for faculty development. You will also find on the site information on Workshops, technology tools and pedagogy as well as an FAQ and Quick Links page to help you find information quickly. We will be working to continually update this site and look forward to any feedback or suggestions to improve it.
This month, we also demonstrated SyncSpace, a shared whiteboard app that enables you to share images, e.g., CT scans, ultrasound images, diagrams, etc. in real-time via iPads (and desktops/laptops) for teaching on-the-go, bedside or when being a room with a projector is not feasible.
Contact Julie Youm at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about medical educator resources or SyncSpace/shared whiteboard apps in your clerkships.
The folks at Visible Health have been busy and there are several new drawMD specialties available in the App Store. See below for a list of the drawMD apps or visit the drawMD site for more information. These apps are great for patient education, creating presentations or studying about different conditions/procedures.
UCIrvine iMedEd iPad App Review
App Name: FIGO Staging
This app describes the various gynecologic cancers, including FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) staging descriptions, histopathology, survival rates and treatment plans.
This is an awesome app for a med student interested in GYN oncology or those on their third year OB/GYN rotation. The differences in the cancer stagings and the indicated therapies can be confusing and this app is a great tool to have to clear up any questions. This app also includes slides showing histopath of the
cancers, indications for neoadjuvant/adjuvant chemotherapy, up to date chemotherapy schedules, and guidelines for genetic testing.
It is a niche app for the price but if someone is interested in GYN oncology, I think it is well worth it to have this tool in the clinic.
Overall rating (Scale of 1-10, 10 is highest): 10
Recommend for medical students: Depends
Reviewer Name: Brooke Sanders, MS1
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Review Date: December 28, 2012
If you want to access UCI resources when not on UCI’s campus or up at the hospital, you will need to use the VPN (Virtual Private Network). There are a number of ways to do this:
You will need to use your UCInetID and password for all of the above, and sometimes the best results happen when you use the “UCIFull” setting.
Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!
Audience Response Systems (ARS)
Audience response is the interaction between a lecturer/presenter and the students/audience. Audience Response Systems are tools that facilitate this type of interaction with the clicker as one of the more well-known examples.
At UCIrvine, we are fortunate to be able to integrate the use of an ARS that requires a digital device (rather than another hardware device such as clicker) because we know that all of our students have access to an iPad at the least. LiveClassTech, a web-based solution, is the ARS that has been selected to be used for improving participation during the lectures for the MS1 and MS2 courses. It is a simple tool that works within most browsers to allow lecturers to post questions and collect real-time feedback from students. Student responses can be accepted anonymously or with identification and are also presented in pie chart format for immediate summative or formative analysis by a lecturer. For more information on using LiveClassTech, visit the Faculty and Staff Resources page at meded.uci.edu: http://www.meded.uci.edu/toolsclassroom.asp.
Other ARS tools that we have piloted are i>Clicker, ResponseWare by Turning Technologies and ViaResponse (the latter two have iOS/mobile apps that turn a mobile device into a digital response card). We expect to pilot Poll Everywhere soon.
Contact Julie Youm at email@example.com if you are interested in exploring the use of audience response systems in your clerkships.
Podcast: December 3, 2012 CCD Showcase: Audience Response Systems
(Note: there are some audio issues at the end.)
At UC Irvine School of Medicine, we have provided our second year medical students with a digital medical microbiology lab manual. Since medical microbiology is an image intense course, Jon Kevan (University of Hawaii) and I took the advantage of the iBook platform to create a laboratory manual with 13 separate exercises.
Our iBook includes protocols with accompanying videos so that students can view proper lab technique prior to entering the lab (Ex. Gram stain and steps to properly focus a microscope). There are numerous images throughout the exercises that familiarize the students with what they “should” see after culturing organisms on specific media, conducting tests and preparing stained slides. It is also useful that students easily review these images at their convenience after completing the lab exercises. We have also incorporated Prezis within the iBook that emphsize the clinical relevance of selected exercises. One Prezi includes includes a clinician discussing the clinical relevance of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) while students learn the attributes of Spectra MRSA chrome agar.
In order to maintain digital continuity, students complete a “Results” section by accessing an embedded link to each lab-specific exercise posted our UC Irvine learning management system (Electronic Educational Environment, EEE). Students enter their data as well as answer lab and clinically related questions. These questions can include images– another opportunity for students to test their recognition of images of microorganisms. We have found reviewing the work of the students has become paperless and substantially more efficient.
Since each of the medical students have been provided with an iPad, each student brings his/her own iPad into the lab. The students protect the iPad by putting it into plastic bag (Fischer Scientific) that is discarded at the end of the exercise. Our lab is quite busy/crowded with 100+ students; a bonus of the iBook format is the elimination of notebooks and extraneous paper protocols cluttering the lab bench. The three lab teaching assistants have been provided iPads with the iBook. These SOM owned iPads are also used in the anatomy lab. Fortuitously, these two labs do not overlap and we can maximize the use of institutional iPads.
We surveyed our students and found 95% of them preferred the iBook to a printed format. We also received some good suggestions to make the iBook better next year. However, many responses had the same sentiment as the following- “I love it! It is all within one mobile, data-collecting resource–the iPad. We can access the internet easily when we have problems. Also, the pictures have been designed so pleasantly on the screen; very interactive.”
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The Med AppJam kicked off on November 9, 2012 with a lot of excitement and concluded in the same fashion on November 19, 2012 with an Awards Ceremony where 19 teams presented their apps to a team of judges and … Continue reading
UCIrvine iMedEd iPad App Review
App Name: USMLE Step 2 Secrets, 3rd Edition
This app is an electronic version of the popular book, USMLE Step 2 Secrets, that is used by medical students across the country in preparation for their exam. The app offers the full text of the book, by chapter as well as in “quiz/flashcard” format. It is fully searchable and also features bookmarks.
This is an excellent app for someone who is on the go and wants to quickly review (e.g. a medical student with sporadic down time at the hospital). It offers ways to learn at your own pace by picking your own categories of interest to create quizzes, and even lets you email the quiz results to yourself so you can keep track of your progress. It is much more convenient than carrying around a book and does not require internet access for use. There are also images included with the chapters which helps for visual learners.
The price point is too high. The book is currently on amazon for $10 less and offers the same content. The added convenience of having a portable app is nice, but there are not enough extra features to justify this price difference, especially since it is a literal conversion of the book to app, without special tailoring to make it app-friendly like rewording the quiz answers to make them more aligned with an easy-to-study “flashcard” format rather than a question/”long answer from a book format”.
Overall rating (Scale of 1-10, 10 is highest): 7
Recommend for medical students: Yes
Reviewer Name: Peggy Bui, MS4
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Review Date: August 16, 2012
Read the complete review at: http://machealthcare.org/articles/35/usmle-step-2-secrets-3rd-editio