MedBiquitous September 2013 Newsletter

1. MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2013 Recap 

Many thanks to the speakers and participants who made the MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2013 such a success! Dr. Don E. Detmer and Dr. Peter Greene began the conference with a welcome and overview of the changes within and around MedBiquitous and the remarkable opportunities they present. Dr. John Stamper provided a fascinating keynote, showing us how Big Data can be used to improve educational design and educational outcomes. Dr. David Nichols followed with a discussion on longitudinal outcomes assessment that made us rethink the role of patient outcomes in competence assessment and consider the moral and ethical framework of our use of technology. Led by Ms. Smothers and Dr. Ellaway respectively, participants then discussed the role of Big Data in tracking learning activities in the health professions and the extent to which technology and technology standards can support the design and delivery of learning activities. After a lunch break, participants continued the discussion, looking at current and future use of the IBM Watson system in healthcare and the tricky topic of data politics and overcoming organizational barriers to collaboration. We then got to see the technology in action during Innovation demonstrations, which ranged from virtual patient authoring and delivery innovations to tools for continuous improvement. The next day began with an outstanding set of panel presentations on virtual patients, portfolios, technology standards, and performance improvement. The closing plenary from Dr. Bob Bollinger gave us a look at how mobile technologies and e-learning are being used in Africa and beyond - often at the point of need -  to train healthcare providers cost effectively while supporting effective healthcare delivery.  The conference closed with workshops and case studies targeted for health professions educators and technologists.
Many thanks to the speakers and participants who made the conference such a success!  We also wish to thank our sponsors:
Special thanks to DLC Solutions for providing the videos of select conference sessions. DLC Solutions is an award-winning producer of EthosCE Learning Management System and e-learning solutions for continuing education in the health professions.
Presentations and videos are now available. You can also read the storify version of the twitter conversation.

2. MedBiquitous 2014: May 19-20 

Save the date! The MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2014 will take place May 19-20 on the campus of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The MedBiquitous Annual Conference 2014 provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from international leaders using learning technologies and technology standards to transform health professions education across the continuum. The Call for Abstracts will be released shortly, so stay tuned!

3. Board of Directors and Executive Committee Updates 

MedBiquitous welcomes Drs. Ian Graham, Joan Stanley, and Steve Clyman to the MedBiquitous Board of Directors. Dr. Graham joins us from Australia, where he serves as a physician executive for a group of four rural health services, comprising 14 hospital sites in the south-eastern State of Victoria: Stawell Regional Health, East Wimmera Health Service, Beaufort & Skipton Health Service and West Wimmera Health Service.  He also works as a consultant in his own company, SED Clinical Education Practice and Learning. Dr. Stanley is the Senior Director of Education Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Clyman is the Executive Director of Product Discovery and the Center for Innovation at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Clyman will serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors.
MedBiquitous welcomes Dr. Timothy Willett as a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Willett is the Director of Research and Development for SIM one, and he serves as the Co-Chair of the MedBiquitous Competencies Working Group.
MedBiquitous also wishes to thank Drs. Bob Galbraith, Ronald Harden, and David Wilkinson for their service on the Board of Directors, and Dr. Nancy Davis for her service on the Executive Committee. Their vision helped to shape MedBiquitous as an organization, and their innovative ideas and support have greatly contributed to our success and to the advancement of health professions education and assessment overall. Thank you for your leadership and support! We wish you all the best.

4. And the Awards go to... Davis, Fiore, and Galbraith!  

MedBiquitous is pleased to announce the recipients of its Implementer, Ambassador, and Leadership Awards. Nancy Davis, PhD., Director of Practice Based Learning and Improvement at the Association of American Medical Colleges, received the Ambassador award for her extraordinary work to make others aware of MedBiquitous through her work on the Executive Committee and beyond. James Fiore, Manager of Information Technology at the American Board of Surgery, received the Implementer award for his implementation of the Activity Report standard for tracking CME activities meeting Maintenance of Certification requirements for the American Board of Surgery. And Bob Galbraith, MD, received the Leadership award for his outstanding service on the Board of Directors and his tremendous vision, which continues to shape the medical profession. Congratulations, Nancy, James, and Bob, and thank you for all of your hard work! 

5. NBME Innovation Competition

As part of its Centennial Celebration, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is launching the NBME Centennial Prize Competition to identify "innovative ideas that address future assessment needs for individual health professionals, health professions institutions/programs, licensing and certification bodies, and other domains across the continuum of health professions education and practice." The NBME is seeking submissions that will advance its mission to protect the health of the public through assessment of health professionals and fulfill its vision of improving healthcare around the world through assessment. Initial submissions will be accepted from October 1 to December 31, 2013. Finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the NBME Centennial Invitational Conference, May 4-5, 2015. For full details, see the NBME website:

6. Upcoming Presentations

Valerie Smothers, Deputy Director of MedBiquitous, will be a keynote speaker at the E*Value user Conference October 10-11 in Minneapolis Minnesota. 
Pamela Ball of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) will present an overview of REMS at the upcoming AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education CME Sponsors Conference Jan. 9-11, 2014 in Austin Texas.
MedBiquitous staff, co-chairs, and working group members will be participating in several sessions at the upcoming AAMC conference, November 1-6  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See Upcoming Presentations: AAMC 2013 for more details.

7. Membership Update

MedBiquitous is pleased to welcome the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Clinical Tools, Inc.  (CTI), and Knowledge4You Corporation as its newest members. ADEA's members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. ADEA leads individuals and institutions to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. CTI creates scalable, usable, and broadly available online education and training to improve the ability of current and future health care providers to care for patients to ultimately improve health outcomes nationwide. Knowledge4You Corporation is a Business Intelligence Solution (BI) provider that creates custom solutions that incorporate their "State of the Art" user friendly suite of Business Intelligence products.