Web Geekery in the Recent Literature – 12/9/2007

  • This article points us to RadiologyInfo.org, a consumer-oriented site for information about radiology.

    J Am Coll Radiol. 2007 Nov;4(11):809-15.
    RadiologyInfo: reaching out to touch patients.
    Ellenbogen PH, Tashjian JH.
    [PubMed]

    RadiologyInfo is a public information Web site created and maintained as an unprecedented joint collaborative effort of the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology. Conceived in 1997 and operating since 2000, the site has grown to become a leading medical information site, currently with more than 100 radiologic examinations and treatments described. Each month, well over half a million visitors connect to RadiologyInfo (660,000 visits in March 2007). The information is now also available in Spanish and French. New procedures, current topics, and additional images are added on an ongoing basis.

  • Haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of this one yet. Emphases in abstract below are mine:

    Postgrad Med J. 2007 Dec;83(986):759-62.
    Web 2.0 technologies for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education: an online survey.
    Sandars J, Schroter S.
    [PubMed]

    OBJECTIVES: To identify the current familiarity and use of Web 2.0 technologies by medical students and qualified medical practitioners, and to identify the barriers to its use for medical education. METHODS: A semi-structured online questionnaire survey of 3000 medical students and 3000 qualified medical practitioners (consultants, general practitioners and doctors in training) on the British Medical Association’s membership database. RESULTS: All groups had high familiarity, but low use, of podcasts. Ownership of digital media players was higher among medical students. There was high familiarity, but low use, of other Web 2.0 technologies except for high use of instant messaging and social networking by medical students. All groups stated that they were interested in using Web 2.0 technologies for education but there was lack of knowledge and skills in how to use these new technologies. CONCLUSIONS: There is an overall high awareness of a range of new Web 2.0 technologies by both medical students and qualified medical practitioners and high interest in its use for medical education. However, the potential of Web 2.0 technologies for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education will only be achieved if there is increased training in how to use this new approach.

    Hmm…who could be providing the expertise, the knowledge and the skills to help medical students and practitioners use these tools?

  • This one mentions several tools I’ve posted about, like Healthmap, BioWizard and WhoIsSick.

    Nurs Educ Perspect. 2007 Sep-Oct;28(5):286-8.Links
    Nursing education 2.0: are Mashups useful for nursing education?
    Skiba DJ.
    [PubMed]
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