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Technology, innovation and openess in medical education in the information age
JMIR Medical Education (JME) is a Pubmed-indexed, peer-reviewed journal with focus on technology, innovation and openess in medical education. Another focus is on how to train health professionals in the use of digital tools. We publish original research, reviews, viewpoint and policy papers on innovation and technology in medical education. As an open access journal we have a special interest in open and free tools and digitial learning objects for medical education, and urge authors to make their tools and learning objects freely available (we may also publish them as Multimedia Appendix). We also invite submissions of non-conventional articles (eg, open medical education material and software resources that are not yet evaluated but free for others to use/implement).
In our "Students' Corner", we invite students and trainees in the health professions to submit short essays and viewpoints on all aspects of medical education, but in particular suggestions on how to improve medical education, and suggestions for new technologies, applications and approaches (no article processing fees).
A sister journal of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), a leading eHealth journal (Impact Factor 2017: 4.671), the scope of JME is broader and includes non-Internet approaches to improve education, training and assessment for medical professionals and allied health professions.
Articles published in JME will be submitted to PubMed and Pubmed Central. JME is open access.
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Background: Cyberincivility is a pervasive issue that demands upfront thinking. It can negatively impact one’s personal, professional, social, and educational well-being. Although massive open onlin...
Background: Cyberincivility is a pervasive issue that demands upfront thinking. It can negatively impact one’s personal, professional, social, and educational well-being. Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) environments could be vulnerable to undesirable acts of incivility among students, no study has explored the phenomena of cyberincivility in this learning environment, particularly in a health-related course in which mostly current or eventual health professions students enroll. Objective: This study analyzed the characteristics of text entries posted by students enrolled in a medicine and healthcare MOOC. The objectives were to examine the prevalence of posts deemed disrespectful, insensitive or disruptive, and incondusive to learning and to describe the patterns and types of uncivil posts. Our aims are to point to aspects that could be useful for MOOC designers and educators to build a culture of cybercivility in the MOOC environment. Methods: The data used in this research came from postings in the discussion forums from the MOOC Medical Neuroscience created by a large private university in the southeast region of the United States. The data were collected on May 9, 2017. Out of 21,101 posts in the dataset, 8,705 were analyzed after excluding 12,396 posts (58.7%) that contained truncated or contained gibberish data. An iterative process of coding, discussion, and revision was carried out to develop a series of a priori codes. Data management and analysis were performed with NVivo 12. Results: A total of 19 a priori codes were retained from the 25 initially developed, and three themes emerged from the data: Annoyance, Disruption, and Aggression. Of the 8,705 posts included in the analysis, 7,333 (84.2%) were considered as absence of uncivil posts, 1,043 (12.0%) as presence of uncivil posts, and 329 (3.8%) were treated as uncodable. Of the 1,043 uncivil posts analyzed, 466 were coded to more than one a priori code, which resulted in 1,509 instances. Of those 1,509 instances, 826 fell into “annoyance” (54.7%), 648 into “disruption” (42.9%), and 35 posts into “aggression” (2.3%). Of the 466 posts that related to more than one a priori code, 380 were attributed to two or three themes. Of those 380 posts, 352 (92.6%) overlapped both “annoyance” and “disruption,” 13 (3.4%) overlapped both “disruption” and “aggression,” 9 (2.4%) overlapped “annoyance” and “aggression,” while 6 (1.6%) intersected all three themes. Conclusions: This study reported on the phenomena of cyberincivility in the health-related MOOC toward the education of future healthcare professionals. Despite the general view that discussion forums are a staple of the MOOC delivery system, students cite discussion forums as a source of frustration for their potential to contain uncivil posts. Therefore, MOOC developers and instructors should consider ways to maintain a civil discourse within discussion forums.
To inspire tomorrow's doctors to be creative, there is a need to engage them with latest innovations, technology and conferences within various specialties. However, currently these themes are scarcel...
To inspire tomorrow's doctors to be creative, there is a need to engage them with latest innovations, technology and conferences within various specialties. However, currently these themes are scarcely covered in the timetabled medical curriculum. With the rise of the social media generation, new innovative methods to engage students on social media platforms should be further explored, adding to the continuous evolvement of medical education. Created and launched in August 2017, an innovative bite-size medical education video series that gained traction quickly with over 1000+ followers on Facebook called' Not Just a Medical Student' has seen rapidly expanding views and reached the medical community across the globe. The video series has further received several national awards including ‘The Association and Study of Medical Education (ASME) Educator Innovator 2017’ Award, runner up to the Zeshan Qureshi Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education Award prize and the ‘Alternative Docs National Social Media Influencer’ Award. The concept has been presented at international conferences including The Healthcare Leadership Academy conference and gained international recognition upon personal invitation at The Norwegian Annual Junior Doctors Conference. The video series features trailblazers of Virtual Reality surgery and its potential impact on medical education whether it drastically and positively evolve in the future, to large corporations such as Babylon Health and Touch Surgery, reporting on the latest medical education and health apps. It engages in topical medico-politics at the British Medical Association House and reported on global health issues and innovations at the Royal Society of Medicine Conference. Innovative methods to inspire, engage and inform students adding to the evolvement of medical education should be encouraged and further explored.
There is a high demand for single best answer question banks at UK medical schools for the purpose of revision. PeerWise is an online platform that allows students to write, answer and discuss SBA que...
There is a high demand for single best answer question banks at UK medical schools for the purpose of revision. PeerWise is an online platform that allows students to write, answer and discuss SBA questions pertaining to their course. It is unclear whether students from all cohorts at all medical schools will engage with PeerWise as a revision tool. PeerWise was introduced to cohorts of junior and senior medical students at Cardiff University and junior medical students at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Qualitative data were collected from these cohorts regarding their opinions of using the platform. Junior medical students at Cardiff University engaged well with PeerWise and gave positive feedback about using the site. However, senior medical students at Cardiff University and junior medical students at AUB did not engage with the question bank. Crowded schedule, access to other revision resources and use of PeerWise not being mandatory were identified as reasons for this lack of engagement. We recommend targeting introductory PeerWise sessions to large junior cohorts, establishing this learning method early in curricula where there is a large self-directed learning component, where is has proven to be very successful.