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June 2013 Newsletter

There's a lot happening at MedU. We’re excited! You will be too.

  • We’re finalizing exciting virtual patient case enhancements.
  • We’re renovating our website.
  • We’re rolling out a new look.
  • We’re putting educator resources at your fingertips.

Watch your email in the coming weeks for more details.


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Congratulations to MedU collaborators

The following MedU collaborators from several course areas have earned recognition:




  • to Katherine Margo, MD (fmCASES Editorial Board Member) for receiving the “2013 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching” at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Margo is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine.


MedU Educational Scholarship Fund

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 grant recipients!  These three projects were selected from an initial pool of 15 submitted Letters of Intent and 7 invited grant proposals.

Project DART (Dynamic Asynchronous Rater Training)
Michael Aylward, MD
 (University of Minnesota Medical School) 
As medical educators create and refine milestone-based evaluations, they need tools to quickly and efficiently train their faculty to use these tools. Project DART is a web-based system that can train faculty raters using a frame of reference approach while collecting data on the reliability and usability of the evaluation instrument being used.

Intention to Tweet:  A New Twitter Based Educational Intervention for Medical Students in Internal Medicine Clerkship
Diane Levine, MD, FACP 
(Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center) 
This project will study the use of Twitter to deliver a curriculum to multiple students at a variety of clinical sites for distance learning.  By incorporating Twitter into medical education, educators can make use of new technologies that are attractive to students to enhance the learning experience.

The effects of implementation of flipped classroom instruction in radiology on students’ task value, achievement emotions and academic success: a comparison of flipped-classroom pedagogy to traditional didactic instruction.
Erin O’Connor, MD 
(Temple University School of Medicine) (MedU CORE Editorial Board member) 
The flipped classroom (FC) methodology has been used at the grade school level, for college undergraduates and in business and law education.  As yet, it has not been used extensively in medical education, although it is becoming a key component of many medical school curricula reform efforts.  In this study Med-U cases will be used to implement a FC approach in our intervention group, and also used to complement traditional didactic lectures in the control group.


CLIPP Integration Small Grants

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 grant recipient! We had a positive response to the initial request for proposals (RFP), with nine investigator teams submitting letters of intent and four teams submitting full proposals. Only one proposal was funded this year.

Can a web-based self-study module improve the quality of students' oral case presentations?
Colin M. Sox, MD, MS 
(Boston University School of Medicine) (Principal Investigator)
This will be a multi-institutional project studying an innovative tool across pediatric clerkships at the following institutions:

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine / Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine


CLIPP Student Authorship

CLIPP recently created a student opportunity for peer-reviewed publication. Between December 2012 and April 2013, CLIPP sent out a call for students to author “answer keys” to questions that link basic science teaching to CLIPP cases. They were referred to as "Questions for further consideration (QFCs)" The answer keys will be used as teaching tools for faculty in small group discussion sessions and will be posted on the website shortly.

Thank you to all who responded!  Approximately 100 students from more than 50 schools internationally.

The selected authors and titles of their answer keys are listed in the table below.

Case Title Authors
CLIPP 9 Treatment Responses in Congenital Hypothyroidism Di Sun, Keith Della Grotta, Adekunle Elegbede
CLIPP 10 Maturation of the Immune System Laura Navarro
CLIPP 25 Pathophysiology of Apnea in Children Halana Whitehead & James Campbell
CLIPP 26 Screening and Diagnosis for Cystic Fibrosis Christopher Kim & Kathryn Bowman
CLIPP 27 Anemia in Crohn’s Disease Corinne Swearingen & Matt Foglia
CLIPP 28 Neuroanatomy of Cerebral Palsy Grace Yau & Rita Schlanger
CLIPP 29A Congenital Heart Disease in Down Syndrome Halana Whitehead, Risa Eilbaum, Thomas Kazecki
CLIPP 29B Evaluation for Chromosomal Abnormalities Matt Ginsberg


Students interested can send us their contact information and we’ll keep them informed.

Conference Presentations at National Meetings

  • Leslie Fall, MD (MedU Co-Editor in Chief) gave the AMSER Lucy Squire and APDR/ ACR Keynote Lecture: "Sustaining Educational Innovation Through Collaborative Academic Entrepreneurship ”- at the April AUR conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Carl Fuhrman, MD (MedU CORE Editorial Board member) moderated. Robert A. Novelline, MD (Massachusetts General Hospital) provided the introduction.
  • Shauni Goodwin (iInTIME) collaborated with Jill Terrien, PhD, APRN-BC (UMASS) and Donna Pelletier, DNP, APRN, FNP (UNH) to present an electronic poster, “Integrating E-Learning Materials into Nurse Practitioner Curriculum: Innovations and Options,” at the April NONPF conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The e-poster topic generated a lot of buzz.