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MedBiquitous December 2010 Newsletter

Contents:

1. MedBiquitous launches projects to develop Curriculum Inventory and Educational Achievement standards
2. Annual Conference Update
3. Virtual Patient Bank available
4. Incorporating Attachments into MedBiquitous XML
5. Membership Update
6. Holiday Greetings

1. MedBiquitous launches projects to develop Curriculum Inventory and Educational Achievement standards


MedBiquitous is pleased to announce two new standards development projects: Curriculum Inventory and Educational Achievement.


The Curriculum Inventory Working Group will work to develop standards that enable the collection of curricular data for benchmarking and educational research. Educational reform efforts are encouraging the development of non-traditional curricula that use novel and innovative methods for teaching and assessment. A shared curriculum inventory would allow institutions to find out how other institutions are addressing common problems, implementing reforms, and integrating novel teaching and assessment techniques into the curriculum. A technology standard for core curricular data is essential to enable sharing of curricular information and to accelerate the dissemination of curricular innovations. The initial specification will be produced as part of an accelerated standards development project funded by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


The Educational Trajectory Working Group will work to develop common standards for the exchange of educational achievement data. As learners progress through the continuum of health professions education, they attain a number of achievements, including successfully passing required exams, attaining important competencies, successfully completing training milestones, and successfully completing stages of professional training. An Educational Achievement standard would document learner competency and make that data portable, facilitating the learner's self evaluation and evaluation by those considering the learner at transition points on the continuum. The initial specification will be produced as part of an accelerated standards development project funded by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

MedBiquitous members interested in participating and those with questions about the new standards development work should contact Valerie Smothers at vsmothers@jhmi.edu.

2. Annual Conference Update


MedBiquitous is pleased to announce that keynote speakers for the MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2011 will be Robert Galbraith of the National Board of Medical Examiners and Sachin H. Jain, Special Advisor to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. Galbraith will speak about portfolios for lifelong competence assessment. Dr. Jain will speak about education and meaningful use of healthcare IT. For further information about the conference, see our website: http://www.medbiq.org/conference2011.

3. Virtual Patient Bank available


The eViP Programme has announced the availability of an open access bank of 300+ Virtual Patients that implement the MedBiquitous Virtual Patient standard. Co-funded by the European Commission, eViP is a collaboration among nine universities and MedBiquitous Europe. Virtual patients play a vital role in teaching medicine and other healthcare professions, but they are time-consuming and expensive to produce de novo. Even leading e-learning institutions cannot produce a sufficient number to give full coverage of the medical or healthcare curricula. The eViP referatory is intended to address precisely that problem. This Creative Commons licensed eViP collection of repurposed multilingual and multicultural VPs is now accessible via the eViP referatory.

4. Incorporating Attachments into MedBiquitous XML 


The MedBiquitous Technical Steering Committee has developed guidelines to assist those interested in transmitting binary attachments in support of XML data. The new document and accompanying schema provide clear guidance on how to include files, such as scanned images of a diploma, together with the XML data associated with that file. The guidelines also provide a mechanism for working groups in need of including attachments within MedBiquitous XML standards. Read the MedBiquitous Guidelines for Transmitting Binary Attachments.

5. Membership Update


MedBiquitous is pleased to welcome Net Health and University of the West of England as its most recent members. Net Health provides data-driven, user-centered, and collaborative online programs to educational and medical organizations seeking to sharpen the knowledge and capabilities of physicians and other health care providers. University of the West of England is one of Britain's most popular universities, with around 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and is the largest provider of Higher Education in the South West of England.

6. Holiday Greetings


While the winter holidays may be busy, they invoke reflection and gratitude. We are fortunate to work with colleagues that offer their time and expertise to promoting common solutions to our shared challenges. Thank you for your contributions to advancing healthcare education. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming year.

 

Best wishes to all from the MedBiquitous staff,
Peter, Valerie and Jody
 

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