Instructor: Professor Sharon McDonnell, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
Project: ECS 153 and 154 (Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health), required classes for the Masters of Public Health (MPH) graduate program at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), are being extensively redesigned. Our curricular goals are to (1) facilitate experiential learning with a more creative and personalized approach, and (2) to create a more interactive, multimedia-teaching environment that will include virtual or on-line learning options to reduce the time students are passively sitting in classrooms. By utilizing video and multimedia technology, as well as digital story-telling techniques, we aim to create a more interactive, student driven and created learning experience and explore creative and compelling methods of public health communication.
Instructor: Professor Petra Lewis, M.D., Department of Radiology, Dartmouth Medical School
Project: Imaging is becoming increasingly pivotal to diagnosis and management. All physicians must have a working knowledge of the field of radiology in order to appropriately treat their patients in a cost-effective manner. AMSER (the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology) has recently developed a National Medical Student Curriculum in Radiology, which aims to standardize medical student education in radiology as well as providing a framework for course development. One of the difficulties has been how to incorporate this curriculum into medical school education.
This project proposes to develop a internet-accessible radiology curriculum for medical students, using the AMSER curriculum and the case-based format that students seem to find more intuitive. As an initial project, we aim to develop 10 cases, which would cover critical areas of most of the subsections of radiology and implement these for the radiology elective students.
Instructor: Professor Martha D. McDaniel, M.D., Department of Anatomy, Dartmouth Medical School
Project: Medical education is in a period of dynamic change worldwide. Students of medicine in the 21st century need both to learn and to integrate more factual information than their predecessors, and to acquire skills that will facilitate their continuing learning after they leave medical school. Historically, medical students have attempted to learn human anatomy by cadaver dissection, supplemented by utilizing a variety of atlases and textbooks and faculty guidance in the form of lectures and small group sessions. We at Dartmouth feel that this is still a fundamentally sound approach. However, we also feel that the time spent procuring atlases and other learning materials (e.g. radiographs), assembling them in a location that is conducive to thoughtful assimilation, and searching for the appropriate pages is not time well spent. We believe that posting of well cross-indexed (linked) materials (including the use of rollover-images, pop-up text windows, and image links to enlargements) on a web site would greatly improve learning efficiency for our students.
Resources will include photographs of prosections, anatomical models, bones, radiological images, appropriately credited atlas drawings, and short videos outlining the steps to be taken in the assigned dissections and covering selected topics in a more advanced or detailed manner than can be done in class. Still images will be made interactive by using mouse-over scripting to create various textual messages that will explain and identify structures and allow linking among relevant images. The site will be searchable by category. We also plan to incorporate on-line image-based quizzes. Required material will be clearly delineated from optional, supplemental material.
Project Site: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~anatomy/
Instructor: Daniel Collison, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School
Project: Using dermatology as a pilot discipline in medical education, this project will create “virtual dermatology patients” on a website where students go to practice diagnosis. This enables instructors to expose their students to many more examples for diagnosis, to make use of photographs from live diagnosis sessions for review and correlation with lecture notes, and give the students the widest access to the materials. Versions of the site will also be made available on CD-ROM and individual modules will be small enough so that they can be conveniently downloaded to HD floppies or Zip disks.
Instructor: Carl Beckmann, Thayer School of Engineering
Project: A marriage of digital video and the World Wide Web can deliver videotaped lectures to students on demand. In addition to permitting access to previous lectures for study and review, the project will enable instructors to index taped lectures, to annotate video, and to provide hyperlinks to background information alluded to in the lecture. This project will piggyback on an existing research project to develop a low cost scalable video server and will provide a “real life” application to test the server.