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Virtual Patients in an Immersive Environment

Virtual Patients in an Immersive Environment

One of the underlying themes that keeps resurfacing on my thinking about designing learning in a virtual environment is that, in many ways reality is mundane, but with simulation, anything can, potentially at least, be interesting. Condensing, highlighting, and improving those 2-3 moments or key events of an experience can make for a compelling simulation […]

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Reflection in the Practice of Medicine

Reflection in the Practice of Medicine

In my previous post, I mentioned that there are a distinct pattern and process to how physicians go about deciding on their development. That all sounds good and well—but fortunately and unfortunately, medicine, like any other professional area, can be chaotic. This means that physicians don’t always have the luxury to go through the four […]

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The Four Stages of the Physician Learning Process

The Four Stages of the Physician Learning Process

In my last post, I described a typical day in the life of a primary care physician—the pressures of time, seeing patients, spending quality time with them, knowing the importance of education and training to better help them, and the anxiety faced with all of it. After work, I managed to stop and get groceries […]

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Serving Medical Professionals by Understanding Practice Patterns

Serving Medical Professionals by Understanding Practice Patterns

Most everyone agrees that the medical profession has changed dramatically in recent years. But for professionals who work with doctors, such as pharmaceutical representatives and training vendors, it is essential to understand exactly what has changed, both in practical terms and in attitudes. By understanding how doctors are currently operating their practices, as well as […]

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How do physicians identify a need for learning?

How do physicians identify a need for learning?

In my previous post, I introduced some of the key tenets of adult education (andragogy) and how these can influence instructional design. How do physicians find the time for CME, though? Imagine the following, and place yourself in this newly qualified doctor’s white coat. My days are stressful and hectic and there is never, ever […]

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Simulation Makes Lasting Impact in Ethiopia

Simulation Makes Lasting Impact in Ethiopia

When you visit the doctor, you want your physician to order the right diagnostic tests as well as come to the correct diagnosis for what is ailing you. But when a patient in a third-word country, such as Ethiopia, goes to the nearby clinic because they are ill, the stakes are even higher. Illnesses that […]

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Teaching Strategies in Adult Education to Improve CME

Teaching Strategies in Adult Education to Improve CME

During nearly ten years in education, I have seen approaches, methods, and techniques come into and out of fashion, very often with each next big thing heralded as the savior, or panacea, that will revolutionize learning and teaching. In a similar vein, I have seen technology and tools come and go with an almost similar […]

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Want to Get a Hold of a Doctor: Use Digital Technology

Want to Get a Hold of a Doctor: Use Digital Technology

Doctors are not easy people to get a hold of. Their hectic schedules and patient care have always made it difficult for patients, vendors and colleagues to get in touch with them. However, an infographic by OBizMedia the “Rise of the Digital Doctor” shows that 90 percent of doctors, compared to 65 percent of the […]

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Simulations and Serious Games | 21st Century Learning

Simulations and Serious Games | 21st Century Learning

Simulations and serious games share several of the same features and represent an emerging area of education: instructional design across a range of disciplines (Egenfeldt-Nielsen, 2010). They are typically used by educators for training from such well-funded areas such as the military, government agencies, medicine, and business to non-profit groups, religious groups and social activist groups […]

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Online CME is in | Are live meetings out?

Online CME is in | Are live meetings out?

Clinicians are moving towards online CME as their preferred method of learning according to a survey of 801 clinicians conducted by Elsevier’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME), AcademicCME, and ArcheMedX. Survey data presented this week at CBI’s 11th Annual Independent Medical Education and Grants Conference demonstrates increased demand for online CME and virtual courses […]

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