The American Academy of Ophthalmology has just launched a new app to help us keep updated on our medical knowledge.
Especially useful to test our present knowledge or to get new knowledge in small chunks. Ideal for when you have some short spare time as while standing in a line, waiting for the waiter to get to your table, or dead time at airports.
Very well built, performs very fast and allows for customization to get first what you are more interested in.
Teaching does not imply learning. If we comparare traditional face to face courses with online asynchronous courses we will see that traditional face to face courses usually only focus on the ‘transference” phase. This means the teacher speaks the learners listen with little or no interactivity. For learning to happen our courses should also focus on the “processing” phase, where learners incorporate, process, store, retrieve and practice, applying the new knowledge or skills to real life scenarios.
Online asynchronous courses allows us to change a teaching experience into a learning experience by adding activities and resources that favor the “processing” phase such as pretests, multimedia presentations, documents with text with graphics, mind maps, discussion forums, scenarios, assessments and continuity over (time because learners can come back to the course as needed after they finish it.)
In this post, we will show an inexpensive way to build your own DIO (Digital indirect Ophthalmoscope) with parts you can order online.
The DIO is a useful tool for teachers to video record what they see in the fundus and then show and explain it to their learners. Also for learners to record what they see on their own, and then show it to their teachers.
The DIO has been described by several authors in the past. References can be found in the poster published by Guillermo Monteoliva, Gabriela Saidman, and col., which you can find in this link.
The main problems Guillermo and Gabriela had building the prototypes were the flexible arm and its attachment to the helmet and the camera.
Based on these needs, their previous experiences and some parts I use when recording GoPro videos, we came up with the prototype you can see in the video below.
The GoPro arm and attachments can be bought in any GoPro store. The phone holder can be ordered at this link. Phone holder
Google is one of the most used search engines. Even sometimes discredited for academic work, it can really be of great help, especially if you use it to build upon what you look for with other “more academic” search engines.
Many of us forget, that as any other search engine, searches can be refined using operators. Take a look at this infographic that will help you review in an easy to read format some of the operators and search strategies you can use.
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