Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Clinical Cases by Organ System

After a few weeks of clinical practice, medical students and residents realize that patients are often different from the classic disease descriptions in the textbooks. One experienced physician summarized this by saying: "his asthma did not read the book." How to bridge this gap between theory and practice? Our answer was to create this free case-based curriculum of clinical medicine. was featured in the British Medical Journal and, and was referenced several times in the medical education literature. The project is hyperlinked in the websites of 29 medical schools in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.

This case-based curriculum was started by physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University for the purpose of medical education. The published reports do not follow real cases. Health professionals are invited to submit cases of educational value without HIPAA identifiers through an online form.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Biomedical Video Journal

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a new peer-reviewed on-line journal now including experimental approaches in neuroscience, immunology, medicine, and functional MRI in psychology, some of which may have applications in biomedical education. Examples are Human In-Vivo Bioassay for the Tissue-Specific Measurement of Nociceptive and Inflammatory Mediators; Functional Imaging with Reinforcement, Eyetracking, and Physiological Monitoring; and Preparation and Maintenance of Dorsal Root Ganglia Neurons in Compartmented Cultures.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Medical Blogs of Interest

This site lists 100 Medical related blogs on a wide variety of topics. This site also lists the top 25 blogs in the Netherlands, however they are not all available in English.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Medical Education Wiki

A great Medical Education Wiki to add to your listing of Web2.0 resources.

There are three main topics discussed.

1) How do students learn
2) Classroom teaching techniques
3) Clinical teaching techniques

If you would like to have a better understanding of a Wiki first ... click here

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Medpedia Going Public - Medgadget

Medpedia, the online project to create an authoritative online encyclopedia of all things medicine, is now available as a public beta. Unlike Wikipedia, which anyone in the world can freely edit, Medpedia's content is created by physicians and PhD's in their respective biomedical/health fields.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Application for Video Clips

To update the previous post "Starting with Video Clips...", a new web-based application, though still in beta, has received praise for allowing users to integrate movie clips from YouTube and other popular media sites into their PowerPoint presentations. Called, it also allows users to share presentations with colleagues without needing to download anything.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Medical Technology Blog of Interest

A Checklist for Designing Online Lectures and Instructional Materials

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Medical Technology Blog of Interest

The Science Roll - A Medical Students Journey inside genetics and medicine through Web2.0

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Share PowerPoints with SlideShare

SlideShare is a free service that allows you to share PowerPoint presentations on the web. You can upload PowerPoint presentations as is, or add audio to them. By adding "tags" or keywords to the presentation, others will be able to discover your presentations. (You will want to be sure there is no copyrighted material in your presentation before uploading).

You can also use SlideShare to discover presentations by others in your field. For instance, if you search on "Physiology" you will get over 800 results.

Have you used SlideShare to share presentations, or discovered some useful presentations available at that site? If so, please comment!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Create Short Tutorials Easily for Free with Jing

Have you tried Camtasia or Captivate and found them too difficult to use? If so, you may wish to look at a free tool called Jing. Jing was created by the same company that makes Camtasia and SnagIt.

With Jing, you can create a "screencast" video showing anything on your computer. The Jing website describes the process this way, "Select a window or region and Jing will record a video of everything that appears in that area. Point to things with your mouse, scroll, flip through photos, click around in a website or application...Jing captures it all."

You can add audio as well as capturing anything you would like to show on your computer. The screencasts are in Flash format, so viewers can see the screencast directly from Flash enabled browers.

The company recently released a new version called Jing Pro, which costs $14.95 a year. Jing Pro has the added advantage of uploading your screencasts directly to YouTube.

For more information, see the Jing website at Jing is very easy to use, but the website also has tutorials available for getting started quickly: see

If you try Jing, please comment here on your experiences. If you used Jing successfully to build a screencast, please post a link to it!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Starting with Video Clips for Educational Presentations

The idea behind this Tech Corner blog is to introduce educational tech methods we have found useful. I am starting with video clips or animations since I would like others to try these teaching tools with less effort than I needed to get started (please skip it if you do this already). Needless to say, in this age of YouTube, video clips can get students interested, and often, if done well, can show dynamic processes more clearly than words or still images alone. I have a previous article in the JIAMSE (2005) on making and using a longer clinical case video in neurobiology and am submitting another article on brief animations and video clips inserted into MS PowerPoint slides.

An easy illustration is inserting the interactive animation "Steroid Hormones in Circulation" in a presentation on endocrine physiology, pharmacology, or biochemistry, at the address on your browser. This animation shows endocrine cells secreting steroid hormones which then bind to various plasma proteins, with information on bound and free hormone concentrations on the screen. You can start with a shape on the PowerPoint slide, then use the Insert menu to insert a "Hyperlink" into the shape, and paste into the Hyperlink information screen the address to that animation running on your browser. Now when you View the slide show and that slide is displayed, clicking on the shape will display the animation.

Another good example is the "Hyperheart" animation of the cardiac cycle (like the previous example, this is found on the Project HEAL web site, from the University of Utah). It can be inserted via a Hyperlink also, with the address This widely-reproduced animation by Dr. Don Blumenthal and the Knowledge Weavers at the University of Utah shows shows ventricular and atrial pressures and EKGs synchronized to movements of heart chambers and valves.

My preference is to show a still picture excerpted from the animation with labels-- Left Atrium, Left Ventricle, etcetera--and describe to the students what they are going to see to set the stage for the animation, in which there is a lot more going on. The Hyperlink can be inserted within the the picture of the heart or other object, so that clicking on it starts the animation.

If you have animations or video clip files in .mpg format the process is more direct since they can be inserted or linked to an image in the slide without running a web site on the browser, as long as the file is in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation. A good example is a video clip from the web site "Introduction to Cochlear Micromechanics”, by Dennis Freeman of MIT, with the link This shows animations and micro-videos of cochlear hair cell movement in response to sound. When you create the PowerPoint slides, you can copy and paste a photo of hair cell stereocilia from the web site, use the Insert menu to Insert > Movies and Sounds > Movies from File, and paste in the file name of the video. Remember that the video file needs to be saved in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation. During the slide show, clicking on the image shows the stereocilia pivoting and opening ion channels to provide a great illustration of physiological processes in hearing on the microscopic level.

Have you used video clips and animations in basic science teaching? What do you recommend as best practices or problem areas? Sharing your experiences could help your colleagues with this powerful teaching tool.

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