Medical & Health Profession Education

Medical & Health Profession Education

  • Rodney E. Rohde added an answer:
    Does anyone have a reliable qPCR lab for a molecular diagnostic MLS course?
    I teach a senior level Medical Laboratory Science Molecular Diagnostics course. I am looking for a reliable (results reproducible) kit that I might purchase to teach to senior level undergraduates.
    Rodney E. Rohde · Texas State University
    Thanks Ehsan!
  • Florencia Maldia added an answer:
    How do you bridge the education-industry gap in nursing practice through graduate education?
    Constant change in health environment impact nursing practice and education and creates gap. Change demands Graduate education to adapt and innovate to bridge the gap to maintain the balance between education and industry and promote quality health care.
    I fully agree with you Raijah Rahim and Theodora Issa. Graduate practicum or internship is needed to expand and extend nursing functions that will link education and labor industry. I also agree with Sandra Richardson that collaborative practice is another link between education and labor industry. In addition, advanced knowledge and skills through graduate education and practicum are needed to collaborate. Autonomy and skills in decision making, communication, and leadership are required in collaborative practice.
  • Marcus McDonald added an answer:
    For those who are in healthcare education, how are you integrating iPads in human simulations?
    This fall we are planning to integrate iPads in cases developed for use in human simulations, both standardized patients and mannequins. We have the following programs:
    Osteopathic Medicine
    Physical Therapy
    Post-Professional DPT
    Podiatric Medicine
    Physician Assistant
    Marcus McDonald · RMIT University
    Our approach has roughly been to develop e-learning tools that may be used via the iPad or a range of devices. It seems to come down to the BYOD arguments. Grainne Conole is just written a paper on using Ipads with med students. no link sorry
  • Tony Dowden added an answer:
    Why does plagiarism exist in the so called elite medical and para medical professionals?
    Insecurity,track tenure where the promotion increment even the very survival for a professional drives people to steal creativity from others.The best way I feel is to prevent or control this we can and should teach professional ethics to students right from day one of their training and tenure track could be modified with low intense appraisals
    Tony Dowden · University of Southern Queensland
    I agree with a number of the sentiments already expressed. Morality, or lack of it, is not reserved for particular professions, so I would be surprised if 'teaching professional ethics from day one' makes much difference to the incidence of plagiarism. I'm sure we would love to think it would, but there is little solid evidence to indicate this works. Instead, the learning & teaching literature is supportive of purposively designing assessment to minimise plagiarism. An obvious approach is to refresh assessment items regularly. An approach I favour - and have had some success with - is using a 'boutique' principle where students are required to utilise specific resources and apply their knowledge to a specific context. This is an especially good defence against 'cut-and-paste' plagiarism. In addition, the literature indicates there is a fair amount of so-called unintentional plagiarism. As Wendy also indicates, it is therefore necessary to provide students with resources that explain what plagiarism is and how it should be avoided. Many institutions do this at a systemic level - by attaching information about plagiarism to assignments - but I think it is good to find time to discuss the issue with first-year students. Here, Mitchell's point about explaining things in 'your own words' is salient.
  • Wendy Kooken added an answer:
    Evaluation of performing art exercises for health professional skills improvement?
    To improve nurse and field health professional relational skills we have run a specific educational intervention that used performing art and theatre (experiential laboratories).
    Has anyone been involved in such experiences before? We are testing different evaluation methodologies but we are still far from understanding what is happening during and after the intervention.
    A focus group, specifically observing greed and individual diary of the experience was conducted and analyzed. In one case, we have also used a controlled observation in a quasy-experimental setting since randomization was not possible.
    Any suggestions, indications or reference suggestions are well-accepted.
    Thanks a lot for the help
    Wendy Kooken · Illinois Wesleyan University
    It may be appropriate for you to consider using qualitative methodology as well. In a recent article my colleagues and I outline a strategy for measuring change in student nurse attitudes towards clients who are homeless. Such an idea might be helpful.

    Worlds apart in the same town? A qualitative comparison of pre- and post-clinical themes assessing student nurse perceptions of homeless, mentally ill clients.

    Wendy C Kooken, Julie K Baylor, Kelly R Schwend
    Illinois Wesleyan University, 1312 Park Street, STV 214, Bloomington, IL 61701, United States. Electronic address: .
    Nurse education today (Impact Factor: 0.91). 07/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.005
    Source: PubMed
    ABSTRACT Student nurses' negative attitudes towards men who are homeless and mentally ill disrupt development of therapeutic relationships. Without therapeutic relationships these men may feel stigmatized. Assessing student attitudes allows for insights to improve students' abilities to develop therapeutic relationships. The purpose of this research was to assess student nurses' pre- and post-perceptions towards homeless mentally ill clients during a mental health clinical through analysis of pictorial data. Data was analyzed through a qualitative, phenomenological method. On the first and last days of clinical experience, students were asked to draw a picture in response to the question: "How far apart are you from these men?" We analyzed pre- and post-drawings separately and changes were compared. Four pre-attitude themes and two post-attitude themes were identified. Pre-attitude themes demonstrated student drawings as geographically distanced from the clients and living in two different worlds. Post-drawings reflected themes where clients and students were under the same roof and often physically touching. We suggest using this easily reproducible, inexpensive method to gain insights into student attitudes. The difference in the drawings objectively demonstrates the effectiveness of clinical experiences in changing student nurse attitudes towards men who are homeless and mentally ill.
  • Cheryl J. Eschenfelder added an answer:
    How to engage non-participating students on a virtual learning platform?
    It is relatively easier to observe and get cues from students who are not participating in a face-to-face class compared to an online course. It may be because the student is shy, needs motivation or has a different learning style; and it is a real skill for the online instructor to engage the student accordingly. How can one learn this difficult yet very important attribute for online teaching?
  • Thabo Leurander Rowland added an answer:
    Is acceptable to include acronyms in a research title?
    Acronyms such as CSF, GBM, fMRI e.t.c
    Thabo Leurander Rowland · University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Thanks Jason!
  • Stephen Genuis added an answer:
    Is it acceptable for medical practitioners to refuse to participate in procedures they feel are harmful, wrong, or unethical?
    Amidst the plurality of values, ethical collision arises when the values of individual health professionals are dissonant with the expressed requests of patients, the common practice amongst colleagues, or the directives from regulatory and political authorities. When health providers disagree with their patients, colleagues, or regulatory professional bodies about the suitability of specific types of care, there are conflicting views on whether such health providers should be forced to violate their conscience, or punished if they refuse to do so.
    Stephen Genuis · University of Alberta
    Sorry - I neglected to attach the paper in the previous comment. (see attached) ..sjg
  • Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid added an answer:
    Do you think that there is a relationship between healthy food and the level of students' learning?
    Is considered a health food necessary for any human being to enjoy good health, so how about if associated with education.
    Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid · Directorate of Project Coordination,
    absolutely yes. A lot of work is already published on it.
  • Nitish Ranjan added an answer:
    How can a good question be described?
    I usually find students complaining from questions. This is normal, but the problem of this question based on the logic of building the question itself. Sometimes, language is a barrier, sometimes, the question is not well targeting the required answer. The questions sometimes are written quickly. So, how do you share experience in this regard? And do you think question's bank is a good idea?
    Nitish Ranjan · KIIT University
    Any question which helps in better understanding of subject matter and concept is a good question for me.

  • K N Prasad added an answer:
    How do you bring about change and innovation at your institution in the most amicable and productive manner?
    We are trying to bring about some curricular changes to improve medical education.
    K N Prasad · Sree Lakshmi Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences
    This is the era of e-books and computers , mobile phones , i phones where technology is growing fast and young generation is interested to use it more effectively. The classical or traditional way of teaching to students or motivating them to learn is not much helpful. A motivated teacher who knows the young minds creativity and motivating them to use appropriately will help in bringing focus of the candidate , institution into picture. In my opinion the faculty should the same potential of fast developing technology as they are available in the market on various kinds for all activities is very important to bring innovative and productive output. But never forget that each faculty should have interest as well strong motivation towards the subject he or she is teaching.
  • Jessica Jaimes added an answer:
    What sort of ethical education should we have in the healthcare profession?
    There are many ethical issues in health care. What sort of curriculum, if any, should we have in training students and healthcare professionals? Should we have the same course for nurses and doctors and other professionals?
    Jessica Jaimes · Autonomous University of Bucaramanga
    I belive that all the medical disciplines should have a strong teaching of ethics. I've heard and I've seen an incredible amount of doctors and nurses that don't do the right thing (don't respect the principles of bioethics) because they don't know what is the right thing. I think that one of the biggest reasons of today's amount of medical-related legal issues is the fact that medical professional don't know anything about ethics.
  • Laurie Bourdeaux added an answer:
    What is the best resources to study for USMLE exams?
    Kaplan books, text books, first asid?
    Laurie Bourdeaux · West Virginia School Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Blackwell's Boards and Wards series is also popular with our students.
  • Multicentre study about body, organ and tissues donation.
    I am looking for researchers interested in investigating questions related to human anatomy teaching and collaborate in a multicentre study with students of human anatomy about body, organ and tissues donation. I have to mention that the ethical review is determinant to the research start-up.
    If interested, please, contact me for details.
  • Maria Rosa Fenoll-Brunet added an answer:
    Could anyone suggest readings on student engagement in higher education, or does anyone know a research done on this topic?
    I am researching the class room engagement of student nurses in the class room vs the clinical setting.
    Maria Rosa Fenoll-Brunet · Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    In higher education there is growing interest in student engagement.
    A programme has been initiated to recognise international excellence in medical schools. One of the aims is to recognize institucional iniciatives promoting Student engagement in the currículum and in the Medical School. You can find more information at:
  • Justin G Peacock added an answer:
    For current or former military physicians, how would/did you develop a successful academic medicine career while in the military?
    I will be starting an AF radiology residency in San Antonio this July. I want to teach and conduct research in the future.
    Justin G Peacock · San Antonio Military Medical Center
    Dear Alexander,
    I would absolutely be interested in your proposed thought exchange. I agree that deployments provide opportunities for research. I also agree that certain research topics may be more supported within the military than others to support the main goals of the military. Fortunately, I have interests in traumatic brain injury, including blunt trauma. I also have interests in using fMRI to characterize more psychiatric disorders, including PTSD. Some of my interests certainly apply to clinical research, but I also would like to incorporate some translational components. In the US military, there are some department of defense grants for research of this type.
  • Neslihan Önder Ö. added an answer:
    What are some of the ways that you are encouraging independent medical student learning and thought at your institution?
    We found significantly improved research outcomes subsequent to a curricular change at the Mayo Medical School that permitted pre-clinical flexible time for students.
  • Hemanta K. Baruah added an answer:
    Is university education moving from promoting scholarship to mass production?
    More and more the number of people requiring university education is growing but without commensurate growth in number of institutions and expansion of facilities. As a result it seems that mass production of graduates is taking over scholarship.
    Hemanta K. Baruah · Bodoland University
    Universities now a days focus more not on researches but on awarding degrees.
  • Chukwuma Chukwugbo added an answer:
    Is it possible to earn PhD degrees online in any discipline of medical science?
    I have been searching for suitable sources/ universities where online PhD programmes are offered in any discipline of medical science so that one can maintain a professional & personal life while continuing a PhD research activities.
    Chukwuma Chukwugbo · University of Leeds
    I have been looking for an opportunity like this in the field of reproductive medicine
  • Uday Nair added an answer:
    What are the latest research interest in special education,gifted education and creativity?
    Any interested researcher/ faculty in a joint research?
    Uday Nair · University of Liverpool
    Making use of 'Ubiquitous technologies' to adapt to varying needs of learners to cater innovation through creativity.
  • Helen Muscat added an answer:
    Is coaching an effective model to enhance professional development for today's health workforce?
    I am reviewing a number of professional development models and would like to know if others have engaged coaching as a professional development model. If so, has it worked, were there any challenges/resistance and what was the take up by staff?
    Helen Muscat · Canterbury Christ Church University
    Like most things, it relies on a good facilitator . So if that is to be you, take some coaching yourself and this will aid you.
  • Imran Siddiqui added an answer:
    How is clinical leadership taught and assessed in your surgical training programme?
    Lack of leadership is a current topic and has been recently in the media after severe failings in NHS Trusts. Leadership is an important non-technical skill and it should be part of a surgical training programme. High risk organisations such as aviation developed rating scales that have been revised an applied to surgery such as NOTSS, NOTECHS and OTAS. To use those scales surgical trainers require training in previously mentioned scales.
    Imran Siddiqui · Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University
    Leadership in general must be included in the earlier phase of the undergrad medical curriculum that might be the part of Learning or Study Skills. Once the graduates are skilled with the leadership qualities, then in postgraduate programs it could have enhanced specialty-wise domain. Further, the workplace based assessment could be very beneficial in assessing clinical leadership in surgical training program
  • Florencia Maldia added an answer:
    What can be done about unethical marketing?
    Exparel is a medication used in surgery. It is the liposomal version of bupivacaine. The company did 3 "pivotal" trials for its approval ( 2 of these were against placebo and 1 was against bupivacaine. Exparel did better than placebo, but not better than bupivacaine. The exparel versus bupivacaine study was never published. The 2 placebo trials are heavily marketed.
    Exparel is $300 versus $2 for bupivacaine.
    I have put together an article with above details as well as other information that shows similar outcomes with exparel and bupivacaine and just submitted to pharmacy journal. However, seems like I should do more.
    I do not know the marketing laws and standards in context. I’m sharing my thoughts based on my understanding of data provided. I did not find error in terms of therapeutic effect and side effects in Exparel versus bupivacaine. In my understanding of your data the two medications yield similar therapeutic effect and the only difference is the price value in the market Exparel cost $300 and bupivacaine cost $2. Personally I did not find ethical issue or dilemma since there is no harmful effect in human. It’s drug pricing issue. The agency/state regulation on trade and industry needs to address the price cost.

    Your transparency and knowledge contribution are fully appreciated but there is a need to consider related and relevant laws in context because it involves not only the ethical component but also legal component

    I strongly agree with Martin Lenhardt . It is good to consider his suggestion.

    I had similar thinking like yours. Daflon 500 mg venotropic drug for venous insufficiency and venous tone up. Two drug companies market Daflon 500mg with 50% price cost difference. Generic product costs less than branded product. The thinking of some consumer is low drug quality at low cost and high drug quality at high cost. This thinking drives consumers to go for branded drugs. It is the responsibility of the state to regulate and monitor food and drug to protect the consumer's health. Drug products are required for assay test before it is out in the market to protect the consumer’s health.
  • Dean Whitehead added an answer:
    Is psychology a health profession?
    In different fields, like some universities, a debate whether it is pertinent to allocate the psychology programs within the medical and health science faculties or schools is happening.
    Dean Whitehead · Massey University
    Jorge - in my field - 'health psychology' is alive and well - and health psychologists are an integral part of the wider health professional team.
  • Maryann Ku added an answer:
    Why do most studies in public health, epidemiology, leadership and others target nurses?
    I have noted through reviewing literature that nurses are mostly targeted in these fields. This can be explained through various considerations among which are number of nurses in a health setting is larger compared with other professions, nurses are in the first line between the patient and physicians, etc. what about other professions including physicians, medical technologists, pharmacists. Are the roles of such employees underestimated?
  • Amy Crittenden added an answer:
    Is there a "use by date" for teaching clinical skills when not practicing those skills anymore other than in simulation?
    Within health professional education literature, there is strong support for the notion that to be a good clinical educator, you must have clinical experience and be currently practicing. In other literature, I have found that if you are teaching clinical practice using simulation and current evidence, you are in fact in current practice. I had extensive experience in clinical practice but have not practiced for 10 years. However, I have kept abreast of current trends and practices through research, "train the trainers" programs such as accredited ALS courses etc. and have been teaching using a range of simulation modalities and fidelities for more than ten years. My question is: am I still the right person to teach clinical skills to present day practitioners?
    Amy Crittenden · Guilford Technical Community College
    The issue I'm having in my area is lack of clinical space. We have numerous community college and university programs in my area (2 BSN programs, plus at least 5 CC programs), and now have to compete for limited clinical space with two for profit RN programs that recently moved into my area. So far we've managed by being creative in use of the clinical spaces, but we're considering expanding the use of Simulation to get the full clinic hours for some courses (pediatrics is a particular problem for us).
  • Mpatisi Moyo added an answer:
    Virtual Patient Interview Text Database for Values Content Analysis/Professional Values measurement?
    I am a PhD student researching on measuring values in healthcare. I have developed a psychometric tool to measure the professional values in healthcare. But my other interest in this measurement space was to show that values could be extracted from large resources of patient /practitioner text data using Text Mining (TM) methods. Unfortunately our data collection of simulated patient interviews last year did not yield good quantity and quality data for good exploration of TM methods. My institute does not have a Virtual Patient Tool, all data was collected by manual recording and is not very helpful as a participants are not tagged with any identity and the data is scanty as well.
    I have read around about Virtual Patient Tools, and have realized some institutes have had these tools in place for a while. Large text data available as in a historic database with other variables could be of great utility for me to explore TM methods on. If anyone or any institute can help with access to such data I will be grateful. Collaborative work on this can be formalized with my supervisors. Or pleases advice on any other possible resources for such text databases.
    Mpatisi Moyo · University of Auckland
    Thanks Michael, good idea!!
  • Leehu Zysberg added an answer:
    Is there a formula to determine sample size in a three-group comparison?
    Can anyone help me on the appropriate formula to determine sample size in comparing the intelligent quotient of three groups of children (1. asthmatic children, 2. children with sickle cell disease, 3. 'normal children')?
    Leehu Zysberg · Gordon College of Education
    Try the software Gpower. It is available online and is free.
    Generally it depends on whether you wish to just obtain minimal statistical power for the analysis or wish to actually represent a target population (assuming you managed to have a representative sample).
  • Muhammad Fawad Rasool added an answer:
    What parameters must be observed in selection of a journal?
    Procedure for selection of journals
    Muhammad Fawad Rasool · Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    It depends upon your audience and what do you want with your paper.... If you are interested in increasing your citations then always go for open access journals they may be a bit expensive but you can get a lot more citations..... If you are interested in impact factor then go for a journal with a good impact.... If you think that you cant publish in a good impact journal then go for a journal which is new but the quality of paper published in that journal are good then within few years you will see that the impact factor of the journal will rise ......
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    Is there difference between Myositis ossificans & Heterotophic Ossification
    Are they Synonyms

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