MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2007

May 13-15, 2008
Sheraton Baltimore City Center
101 W. Fayette St.
Baltimore, Maryland

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April 16, 2007


9:00 AM

Concurrent Workshops

Pre-registration Required, limited seating

9:00 AM–

12:00 PM

MedBiquitous Orientation (PDF, 1.14 MB)

Chris Candler, M.D., Association of American Medical Colleges

Valerie Smothers, MedBiquitous

Royal Board Room, Radisson, 19th floor

If you’ve never attended a MedBiquitous meeting, this is the workshop for you. MedBiquitous working group chairs will provide an overview of MedBiquitous, its mission, goals, and major activities.

9:00 AM–

12:00 PM

The Systems Approach to Training: How to Make it Work for You (Abstract)

J. Lance Acree, Aviation Training Consulting

Michael Grodin, M.D.,  The National Retina Institute (NRI)

Carroll Room, Sheraton Lobby Level

This workshop will introduce the steps of the Systems Approach to Training, will guide the participants through our experience applying it to ophthalmology training, and will coach the participants to begin applying this process for improving their medical training.

9:00 AM–

12:00 PM

Bridging OASES (Open Architectural Standards for Educational Services): Showcase for advanced eLearning and Mobile Learning Content Interoperability (Abstract)

Stephan Thieringer and Andrea Lorenzon, Giunti Labs

McKeldin Room, Sheraton, Cabana Level

Bridging Oases is a continuously evolving architecture showcasing standards-based interoperability between 3rd party LCMS and LMS systems to optimize rapid and massive learning content production and deployment. The demonstration will showcase IMS, SCORM and O.K.I OSIDs content specs as well as medical focused developments (e.g. IVIMEDS and MedBiquitous) to achieve full and open content interoperability and migration.  

9:00 AM–

12:00 PM

Practical Implementation of the Activity Report: A Hands on Exercise (Abstract)

Carl Singer, CECity

Schaefer Room, Cabana Level

This workshop is targeted to developers either planning to work with, or currently working with, the MedBiquitous Activity Report, a specification for exchanging CME and Maintenance of Certification data. Participants will be provided with specific examples of how the Activity Report has been implemented to facilitate communication across disparate organizations.

9:00 AM–

12:00 PM

TIME for Curriculum Mapping (Abstract)

Tim Willett, M.D., University of Dundee

Ken Marshall, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Michael Clarke, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Brad Genereux, University of Ottawa

Poe Room, Lobby Level

Are you puzzled about how to map your curriculum?  To solve this problem, we created TIME (Topics for Indexing Medical Education).  TIME is a hierarchical taxonomy of topics relevant to medical education.  It is a general-purpose, intermediate-granularity, standardized index that covers the entire range of subject matter in medical education.

1:00–4:00 PM

Concurrent Workshops

1:00–4:00 PM

MedEdPORTAL and Educational Scholarship (Abstract)

Chris Candler, M.D., Association of American Medical Colleges

McKeldrin Room, Sheraton Cabana Level

New forms of digital publishing have provided unprecedented opportunities for publication of scholarly works online. The Association of American Medical Colleges has developed MedEdPORTAL to serve as a prestigious publishing venue through which faculty might disseminate their educational works. MedEdPORTAL was designed to promote collaboration and educational scholarship by facilitating the exchange of peer reviewed educational materials, knowledge, and solutions.

1:00–4:00 PM

The Virtual Practicum and "Rich Media Virtual Patients": Steps in the Development of Comprehensive E-learning (Abstract)

Joseph V. Henderson, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School

Carroll Room, Sheraton Lobby Level

This workshop will help educators and producers understand how to develop comprehensive medical education e-learning programs, using an "advanced" multimedia model called the virtual practicum, including what some are calling "rich-media virtual patients." "Advanced" multimedia integrates media to provide an immersive learning environment and learning experiences using multiple modalities.

1:00–4:00 PM

Collaborative and Sharable Healthcare E-learning: VITAL Collaborative Training Network (Abstract)

David Twitchell, Ph.D., Department of Veterans Affairs

Schaefer Room, Cabana Level

The VITAL Collaborative Training Network is a group of federal agencies collaboratively developing reusable healthcare training content that demonstrates effective instructional design, high production quality, and applicability to multiple agencies.  This workshop will focus on the collaborative approach taken by the VITAL Network, supplemented by case studies of two pilot programs. 

1:00–4:00 PM

A Process Mapping Simulation for Defining Best Practices for an Academic or Collegiate Unit (Abstract)

Billie Wahlstrom, Ph.D., Barbara Brandt, Ph.D., Connie White Delaney, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FACMI, Janet Shanedling, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Poe Room, Lobby Level

The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) is developing a hybrid model for interprofessional education.  The model maps University processes to integrate available technologies while building a sustainable education infrastructure for AHC colleges, research centers, and University-wide academic units.  The workshop leaders will describe the model, reflect on lessons learned, and engage participants in simulation of the mapping process.

1:00–5:00 PM

Technical Steering Committee Meeting

Preston Room, Cabana Level

The Technical Steering Committee provides strategic technical direction for the MedBiquitous Consortium. Non-committee members interested in attending should contact

2:00–5:00 PM

Virtual Patient Plugfest

Radisson Royal Board Room, 19th Floor (Walkway to Radisson available past the International Ballroom, up the stairs on the Lobby level)

Members of the Virtual Patient Working group will demonstrate the development work they are doing with their systems around the emerging MedBiquitous Virtual Patient standard. Demonstrations are restricted to working group members although all conference participants are welcome to attend.

4:00–5:00 PM

Professional Profile Working Group Meeting

Carroll Room, Lobby Level

The Professional Profile Working Group creates XML and Web services standards for exchanging healthcare professional profile information. In addition to easing the burden and costs associated with many administrative tasks, these specifications provide a foundation for many other services.

Workshops Adjourn

6:00 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Shula’s Steak House, Private Dining Room

Closed Meeting

April 17, 2007


9:00 AM

Plenary Sessions

International Ballroom A, B, C

Welcome (PPT, 829 KB)

Don Detmer, M.D., Chairman, MedBiquitous, CEO, American Medical Informatics Association
Peter Greene, M.D., Executive Director, MedBiquitous

9:15 AM

The Psychology of Effective Games (PPT, 3.1 MB)

Jesse Schell, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Successful games provide an opportunity for fun, but they can also provide opportunities for learning. Mr. Schell, veteran of Disney’s Imagineering lab and a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, describes the psychology involved in game development and discusses what healthcare educators may have to learn from the world of gaming.

10:00 AM

Laying a Foundation for Collaboration: A MedBiquitous Update (PPT, 6.9 MB)

Peter Greene, M.D., Executive Director, MedBiquitous

To address the common problems in healthcare education and competence assessment requires common solutions, and technology plays an important role in these common solutions. MedBiquitous seeks to advance healthcare education through technology standards that promote professional competence, collaboration, and better patient care. Its seven working groups provide a neutral ground for the development of technology standards that address some of the common problems in healthcare education and assessment. Dr. Greene reviews MedBiquitous standards development efforts to date and outlines the objectives for the coming year.

11:00 AM

Putting the Activity Into E-learning (PPT, 2 MB)

James Dalziel, Macquarie University and LAMS Foundation

LAMS Demonstration information

The heart of e-learning is not the content that learners see but rather the collaborative activities in which that content is used. Creator of the Learning Activity Management System (LAMS), Prof. Dalziel describes his collaborative view of e-learning, the concept of learning design, and what healthcare educators can learn from others in higher education leveraging these concepts.

11:30 AM

Tying Competence Assessment to Practice (PPT, 5.6 MB)

David Price, M.D., Chair-Elect, The American Board of Family Medicine

Maintenance of Certification has changed how many physicians are assessed, and the ABFM’s Maintenance of Certification program implements a number of innovative techniques that further tie assessment to clinical practice. Dr. Price describes how the ABFM is using clinical simulations and performance improvement to assess family physicians and the impact of these programs on certification and practice.

12:00 PM

Building and Testing a Trusted Agent Data-Sharing Infrastructure (AbstractPPT, 432 KB)

Robert M. Galbraith, M.D., National Board of Medical Examiners
Rita H. Mohsin, Federation of State Medical Boards

The NBME and the FSMB have been working collaboratively to build a data-sharing Trusted Agent infrastructure. A pilot of this system involved data for credentialing compiled in real time from repositories at the FSMB and NBME using web services. A Common License Application Form (CLAF) was developed to assemble electronic applications for Medical Licensure in three states: Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Ohio. A second pilot is now in development around the concept of providing a personal portfolio for the purposes of promoting self-assessment and reflection. This application will also allow external report-out of designated elements (e.g. to regulatory organizations) with authorization of the individual identified.

12:30 PM

Birds of a Feather Lunch

International Ballroom D, E, F

Flock with your colleagues and discuss these items of common interest:

  • Competency frameworks

  • Digital CE Certificates

  • Evaluation metrics

  • Instructional design

  • Reusable learning objects

  • Point of care learning

  • Self assessment

  • Virtual patients

  • Web 2.0 and wikis

  • Web services

2:00 PM

Innovation Demonstrations

Liberty Ballroom, Sheraton Lobby Level


Point of Care CME On Handheld Devices (Abstract)

Dennis Carson, MBA, PEPID

Station 1 Liberty Ballroom

New Continuing Medical Education Guidelines now permit obtaining CME credit for using PEPID Primary Care Plus during the course of daily practice.  This new program documents a clinical question taking from a list of hundreds of evidence based topics contained in the PEPID Knowledge Base.


Implementing SCORM and Healthcare LOM in a Multimedia Digital Library:  Lessons Learned from the HEAL Project (Abstract)

Sharon Dennis, Shona Dippie, Sebastian Uijtdehaage, and Sandra McIntyre, HEAL Project

Station 3 Liberty Ballroom

The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) digital library system was designed to handle assets such as images and videos. In 2006/07 the HEAL team began working toward SCORM conformance with a new MedBiquitous Healthcare Learning Object Metadata (Healthcare LOM)-based application profile. The demonstration will highlight progress towards implementing the Healthcare LOM, including challenges as well as successes.


The CMEOhio Project (Abstract)

Andrew Rabin, CECity

Station 4 Liberty Ballroom

CMEOhio offers a single portal that unites the CME/CE activities from six Ohio medical schools into a single searchable catalog.  The portal also provides simplified tracking of participation to meet re-licensure and professional organization requirements. Let us demonstrate how CMEOhio was able to unite these medical schools leveraging enabling technologies and standards.


Training Distributed Medical Teams (Abstract)

David Bartlett, Forterra Systems

Station 5 Liberty Ballroom

Forterra builds distributed virtual worlds for medical training, defense and entertainment industries. Using the OLIVE platform, customers can rapidly generate realistic web-based, scalable, three-dimensional virtual learning environments. The US Army’s TATRC organization, Forterra and Stanford University are creating this point of care training application for medical first responder teams to rehearse and coordinate responses to mass casualty incidents.


An Electronic MENTOR for Medical Procedure Partial-task Simulators (Abstract)

Victor M Spitzer, Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Station 6 Liberty Ballroom

The Center for Human Simulation is developing an electronic MENTOR to guide user’s of a simulator developed by Touch of Life Technologies, Inc. through the performance of tasks involved in diagnostic knee arthroscopy. Each task on the simulator is preceded by mentored instruction and a quiz. Each task is followed by a report to the user on their cognitive, haptic and visual performance.


Virtual Medical Trainer: Supraclavicular Block of the Brachial Plexus (Abstract)

John Stone, MountainTop Technologies, Inc

Station 7 Liberty Ballroom

Virtual Medical Trainer (VMT) is a web-based, SCORM-conformant, medical simulation developed in Flash and XML. The simulation models a peripheral nerve block procedure, and is designed to teach the cognitive concepts underlying psychomotor tasks. VMT demonstrates how web-based technologies can be used as a supplement to traditional training methods to improve knowledge transfer.


Scaling Outcomes in the CME Enterprise through the Application of Online Templated Assessments & Standard Nomenclatures (Abstract)

Todd Tischendorf, CECity

Station 8 Liberty Ballroom

Reaching higher levels of outcomes assessment can be daunting for many organizations. Judicious application of technology around data collection instruments can provide an achievable pathway to desired outcomes. Watch how assessments can be reused, shared across organizations, and validated based on large data sets, and learn how medical indexing can facilitate the correlation of external patient data with results from educational activities.


Implementing an emerging standard in a Web-based Virtual Patients System (Web-SP) - Possibilities and Challenges (Abstract)

Nabil Zary, Patrik Jonsson, Robin Eklund, and Uno Fors, Karolinska Institute

Station 9 Liberty Ballroom

Web-SP is a web-based Virtual Patient system developed at Karolinska Institutet with the aim to easily author, run and manage Virtual Patients (VP) for training and assessment purposes. Our presentation will focus on the findings and experience acquired while adapting Web-SP to comply with the MedBiquitous VP XML emerging standard.


Developing an Open Source, Standards-based Virtual Patient Player (Abstract)

Susan Albright and Dan Walker, Tufts University

Station 10 Liberty Ballroom

Tufts University has received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation for the development of an open source virtual patient player to enable broad sharing of its virtual patient content as part of the OpenCourseWare initiative. The player implements the emerging MedBiquitous Virtual Patient standard. The presentation will focus on the challenges specific to the development of an open source player.

4:15 PM

Assessing Competence: Maintenance of Licensure and the National Alliance for Physician Competence (PPT, 3.3 MB)

James Thompson, M.D., President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards

International Ballroom A, B, C

State medical boards have the responsibility to ensure the ongoing competence of the physicians they license, but the movement to an ongoing assessment of competence is a sea change. Dr. Thompson discusses the strategies the Federation and its member boards are taking to assess competence and move to a Maintenance of Licensure process.

April 18, 2007

7:30 AM

Concurrent Meetings

Competency Working Group

Preston Room, Cabana Level

The Competency Working group develops XML standards and guidelines for competency data, enabling educational resources and activities to be tied to a competency framework.

Activity Report Working Group

D’Alessandro Room, Cabana Level

The Activity Report Working Group develops XML and Web services standards for the exchange of professional education and certification related accomplishments. The specification enables automated tracking of these activities and eases the administrative burden on clinicians.

9:15 AM

Concurrent Panel Sessions

Web 2.0

International Ballroom A, Sheraton Lobby Level

Chair: Jeff Galvin, M.D., Radiological Society of North America

How Web 2.0 Concepts Will Shape the Future of Digital Learning (Abstract; PPT, 821 KB)

James B. McGee, M.D., University of Pittsburgh

Leveraging Web 2.0 within a University Setting (Abstract; PPT, 821 KB)

Michael Begg, University of Edinburgh

Using Web 2.0 for Content Creation within a Specialty Society (PPT1, 2.4 MB; PPT2, 404 KB)

Charles E. Willis, MBA, American Gastroenterological Association


Baltimore Theater, Radisson Mezzanine level

Chair: Rosalyn Scott, M.D., Charles R. Drew University of Medicine (PPT, 2.5 MB)

Curriculum Cartography (Abstract; PPT, 1.6 MB)

Rachel Ellaway, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

XML for PBL: the McMaster University M.D. Program e-Curriculum Implementation (Abstract)

Anthony J Levinson, M.D., McMaster University

Drexlo: A Novel On-Line Technique For The Learning And Assessment Of Clinical Skills (Abstract; Online presentation)

Christof Daetwyler, M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine

New Directions in Educational Technology Research

International Ballroom B, Sheraton Lobby Level

Chair: Chris Candler, M.D., Association of American Medical Colleges (PPT, 592 KB)

E-learning and the Application of Adult Learning Theories

Jorge Ruiz, M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine

Self-assessment research: What we’ve learned and where we are going

Michael Fordis, Baylor College of Medicine

The Research Agenda (Abstract; PPT, 592 KB)

David Cook, Mayo Clinic

10:50 AM

Concurrent Panel Sessions

Point of Care Learning

International Ballroom A

Chair: Jabin White, Silverchair

Online CME Accreditation for Point-of-Care Learning (Abstract; PPT, 488 KB)

Ralph Halpern and Marc Edelstein, M.D., Ph.D., Tufts Health Care Institute

Integrating Clinical Decision Support with Point of Care Learning: The Osteoporosis Care Initiative (Abstract; PPT, 529 KB)

Ray Saputelli, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and Matthew Lewis, Columbia University-Teacher’s College

Accuracy of Electronic Information Resources in Answering Clinical Questions (Abstract; PPT, 621 KB)

Ann McKibbon, Ph.D., McMasters University

Collaborative Interchange

International Ballroom B

Chair: Morgan Bantly, Department of Veterans Affairs

CMEOhio: Collaborative Online CME through the Ohio Medical Schools (Abstract)

Jack Kues, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

Delivering OpenCourseWare in Public Health (Abstract; PPT, 403 KB )

Sukon Kanchanaraksa, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Establishing a Multi-National Bank of Virtual Patients: The E-ViP Project (Abstract)

Terry Poulton, M.D., St. George's University of London

Technology Design in Healthcare Education and Assessment

Radisson Baltimore Theater

Chair: Joel Farrell, IBM

Doing It with Nodes: Design Patterns in Healthcare Education Standards and Specifications (Abstract; PPT, 2.6 MB)

Rachel Ellaway, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

Using New Generation Learning Content Production and Management for Instant Training. The UK NHS Radiology Integrated Training Initiative (Abstract)

Stephan Thieringer, Giunti Labs

Leveraging Existing Content Assets in an E-Learning Framework (Abstract; PPT, 1.7 MB)

Jake Zarnegar, Silverchair

12:00 PM

Lunch and Concurrent Meetings

Boxed lunch available in the Exhibit Hall, International Ballroom D, E

Virtual Patients Working Group

Radisson Baltimore Theater, Mezzanine level (Walkway to Radisson available past the International Ballroom, up the stairs on the Lobby level)

The Virtual Patient Working group develops XML standards and Web services requirements to enable interoperability, accessibility and reusability of Web-based virtual patient learning content. Virtual patients are interactive computer programs that simulate real life clinical scenarios and provide an effective way for healthcare professionals to not only learn about a wide range of clinical topics, but to practice in a virtual and therefore safe environment.

Point of Care Learning Working Group

D’Alessandro Room, Cabana Level

The Point of Care Learning Working Group develops XML standards and guidelines to support offering clinicians learning at the point of care, tracking point of care learning, and using point of care learning data for needs assessment.

2:00 PM

The Convergence of Clinical, Education, and Decision Support Systems (PPT, 445 KB)

Jerry Osheroff, M.D., Thomson Scientific and Healthcare

International Ballroom A, B

Healthcare organizations are increasingly implementing decision support systems that include reminders, alerts, and access to information at the point of need. In parallel, physicians are using electronic resources on handheld devices to answer their questions at the point of need. Where does education end and clinical practice begin?  Dr. Osheroff explores how these systems are converging and what opportunities lay ahead at the junction of clinical and education IT systems.

2:45 PM

Applying Advances: Practical Steps for Moving Forward

Chris Candler, M.D., Association of American Medical Colleges (PPT, 848 KB)
Jabin White, Silverchair
Nancy Davis, Ph.D., National Institute for Quality Improvement and Education (PPT, 1.7 MB)

International Ballroom A, B

After three days of amazing innovations in healthcare education, how do you synthesize the fire hose of new knowledge and apply it in your organization? Seasoned MedBiquitous contributors bring it all together and spotlight the most important messages of the conference.

3:30 PM

Concurrent Meetings

Learning Objects Working Group

Preston Room, Cabana Level

The Learning Objects Working Group develops XML and Web services standards to enable the interoperability, accessibility and reusability of Web-based healthcare learning content. These technologies will reduce the cost of creating online learning, extend the reach of high quality learning modules, and create more effective, measurable healthcare education.

Metrics Working Group

D’Alessandro Room, Cabana Level

The Metrics Working Group develops XML and Web services standards for the exchange of aggregate evaluation data and other key metrics for health professions education. These specifications can help educators, supporters, and accreditors to better measure the reach and efficacy of educational activities and programs.