Chris Nickson at Life in the Fast Lane demonstrated how blogging can be used effectiely in medical education. Believe me, going through such a case presentation is much more useful than reading about it in a medical book. It’s also interactive as student/collegues can leave comments, ask questions, etc.
A 27 year-old man sustained an undisplaced midshaft fracture of his left tibia after his girlfriend inadvertently (or so she said…) backed into him in her car, with the rear bumper pinning his leg against the car behind. Following an orthopedic consult, he was put in a long leg cast and sent home, with orthopedics follow up arranged for the next day.
Read the case, go through the questions, engage in discussions.
I guess you have already heard about Medting.com that is one of the best clinical case collections nowadays. Here is a video in which they explain how the site actually works.
Cases Network, one of the best clinical case collections, is hosting an interesting event at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 15th May this year, and has a great line up of speakers.
The meeting is chaired by the Editors-in-Chief of two case report journals, Richard Smith and Professor Michael Kidd. Sir David Weatherall will be the keynote speaker.
Unfortunately, I cannot make it, but would love to hear more about, for example, these presentations:
Patients and the future of health care
- Health Talk Online: Ann McPherson (Medical Director, Health Talk Online)
- Web 2.0 and the future of health care: Paul Hodgkin (Founder and Chief Executive, Patient Opinion)
According to the Wikipedia article on self-surgery:
Self-surgery is the act of performing a surgical procedure on oneself. It can be a rare manifestation of a psychological disorder, an attempt to avoid embarrassment or legal action, or an act taken in extreme circumstances out of necessity.
Now the List Universe created a list of the top 10 most incredible self-surgeries. A short overview about what you will find there (the names and the procedure they performed):
Dr Jerri Nielsen: Biopsy
Amanda Feilding: Trepanation
Deborah Sampson: Extraction of Musket Ball
Dr Evan O’Neill Kane: Appendectomy and Inguinal Hernia Repair
Joannes Lethaeus: Lithotomy (Removal of stones formed inside certain hollow organs such as the bladder and kidneys)
Sampson Parker: Amputation of Right Arm
Dr Leonid Rogozov: Appendectomy
Douglas Goodale: Amputation of Right Arm
Aron Ralston: Amputation of Right Arm
Ines Ramírez: Caesarean Section
You shouldn’t miss all those interesting stories and incredible images.
I will attend the Medicine 2.0 Congress taking place in Toronto this September, 4-5. I will talk about web 2.0’s role in medical education and how to build an online reputation. Moreover, I will be in the Medical Bloggers’ Panel as well.
If you plan to attend it, register at the site of the congress and let’s meet there.
Now here is a great idea from MDPIXX and the organizers.
We are pleased to announce that MDPIXX (dubbed the “YouTube” for physicians) will sponsor a “Physician 2.0 Award” for the best clinical case submitted to the MDPIXX case database.
The award consists of one Apple iPhone for the winner.
The price will be awarded during the Medicine 2.0 Congress in a public session.
Eligible for the award are medical doctors. The deadline to submit a medical case to MDPIXX is September 3rd at 12PM (CET Time).
The award will be given to the most valued case, as determined by the MDPIXX user community.
Click here for further information.
David Pescovitz at BoingBoing had an interesting post about scientific research in Second Life, the virtual world:
This week’s Science News discusses several real scientific research projects inside Second Life. For example, Drexel University neurobiologist Corey Hart is building a virtual frog to study the neural pathways involved in hopping. Meanwhile, Robert Amme, a physicist at the University of Denver, is modeling a nuclear reactor as a training tool. Indeed, many research institutions are leveraging the simple sim tools of SL to create immersive science learning experiences.
This is a great example about how to close the gap between real science and the virtual world. You may also know about our medical exercises at the Ann Myers Medical Center where they train medical students (just like me) with case presentations. Now here is a tool with serious potential that could help us do it even better:
Text files, images and videos in one place. The aim is to create virtual patients with virtual medical conditions. Why is it beneficial for medical students?
The entire medical education is about case presentations. We move forward clinic by clinic during our studies and listen to case presentations all the time. That’s what we can do in Second Life but with even more educational material and without time or geographical restrictions.
According to DusanWriter, there are pharmacy patient case studies as well in Second Life.
The school has started to use SL as a training module, and has created a virtual version of Greensboro’s Moses Cone Family Practice Center, a local medical center. Students create an avatar and move through the center either as a student interviewing a patient, or as a patient. At the end of the simulation, the student takes a quiz to test his knowledge of the case history and of the practice center.
If you want to know everything about Second Life & Virtual Worlds for Academic Healthcare & Education, check out the slideshow of Patricia F. Anderson.
And if you don’t have a computer at home, let’s use a mobile to enter Second Life:
There will be a meeting today at the Ann Myers Medical Center and it will be open to all!
- Topic : HPV/cervical cancer/vaccination programs
- Content : Short introduction, time to estahblish your point of view on vaccination, discussion
- Date and time: Saturday 26 at 10 AM SL time
- Location : AMMC conference centre (here is the teleport link)
Second Life, the virtual world and medical education:
There are plenty of social networking sites created by and for medical professionals, but here is a real social network that is focused mainly on the hobbies and recreation of physicians and medical students.
DoctorsHangout.com is an exclusive next generation social networking service for Medical Students, Residents and Doctors. DoctorsHangout.com social network can help you maintain existing personal and professional relationships and establish new ones by reaching out to Doctors you’ve never met before.
DoctorsHangout.com makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for long lasting connections or establish new professional contacts. At DoctorsHangout.com, Doctors exchange clinical experiences, review their cases and share clinical knowledge. You can immensely benefit from the collective knowledge of DoctorsHangout.com members.
Photos, videos, cases, music and news…
Have you noticed how many new web 2.0 based medical sites are being created these days?
MDPIXX is a recently launched portal dedicated to medical media interchange between physicians. You have to be invited to join the community and share your medical images and cases and only registered physicians can invite you. An excerpt from their mission statement:
MDPIXX site allows worldwide physicians to interchange medical images and videos, create clinical cases, discuss and evaluate about them. All for free.
MDPIXX is a secure and private community for physicians. MDPIXX helps physicians to share and contrast clinical opinions about a case, improves medical research and help medical students to learn from experts by having a complete repository of clincial cases with associated media material.
MDPIXX is a closed community for physicians. Only physicians are allowed to post and comment a case. Clinical cases and associated images and videos are public to internet visits. MDPIXX doesn’t store any data about patients just the medical content of a clinical case. Content is responsability of each physicians.
They have more than 60 cases and 300 images now. Check out the collection of cases or the atlas. Below, you can see an example of how they present a medical case: