MedBiquitous May 2012 Newsletter

MedBiquitous 2012 Conference Recap

Many thanks to the speakers and participants who made the MedBiquitous Annual Conference such a success! Don E. Detmer and Peter Greene began the conference with a welcome and overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the MedBiquitous community. We have increasing amounts of data about patients and professionals; how can we use that data to drive systems of education, assessment, and improvement? Craig Campbell followed with a keynote speech regarding ways to facilitate the cultural change needed for clinicians to engage in lifelong learning and self improvement. The reactor panel highlighted the opportunities continuous improvement presents, the challenges of implementing work-based learning and improvement in busy clinical environments, as well as strategies for converting the skeptic to the champion. Peter Pronovost provided a second keynote that illustrated how culture and system changes can be implemented locally to dramatically improve quality of care. The reactor panel connected Dr. Pronovost’s ideas to national reform efforts, changes in the culture of medical education, and the challenges faced every day by practicing physicians. Participants then discussed practical strategies for implementing these ideas at unconferences on HIT to support quality and education and the technology framework for health professions education. Then we got the chance to look at the technology in action at the innovation demonstrations and throughout the panel sessions. The conference closed with an engaging and fun closing plenary from Brett Talbot on the different types of virtual patients and how they can be used effectively in health professions education. All in all it was a fabulous opportunity to learn about the evolving ecosystem of health professions education and competence assessment and network with leaders in the field.

Many thanks to the following sponsors for helping to make this conference possible!

• The American Osteopathic Association
• CECity
• Decision Simulation
• DLC Solutions

Conference presentations and videos available

Want to revisit one of the fantastic presentations from the conference? Download the presentation or watch it online! Videos from the MedBiquitous Annual Conference are now available. In addition, many presenters have allowed us to publish their presentations. Links to presentations are available from the agenda.

Video webcasts are provided courtesy of DLC Solutions, an award-winning producer of EthosCE Learning Management System and e-learning solutions for continuing education in the health professions. DLC Solutions partners with leading medical associations, universities, and health plans.

Thanks to Dr. Edward Miller

The MedBiquitous Annual Conference also provided an opportunity to honor Dr. Edward Miller, retiring Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and retiring member of the MedBiquitous Board of Directors. Dr. Miller provided the vision that resulted in the creation of MedBiquitous. Over the last 11 years, Dr. Miller has been a key force in building bridges, advancing our thinking, and supporting a vision for collaborative change. Dr. Miller, thank you for your leadership and support! We wish you all the best.

Campbell and Nichols named Directors

MedBiquitous welcomes Dr. Craig Campbell and Dr. David Nichols and to the MedBiquitous Board of Directors. Dr. Campbell is the Director of the Office of Professional Affairs at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a specialist in Internal Medicine. Dr. Campbell currently holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and is the past President of The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Nichols is Vice Dean for Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Professor of education, anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Since joining the School of Medicine faculty in 1984, he has held numerous leadership posts in both the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and school wide.

And the winners are: Susan Albright and Joel Farrell!

MedBiquitous is pleased to announce the winners of the Implementer and Innovator awards. Susan Albright, Director of the Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK), received the implementers award for her work to implement the Curriculum Inventory specification for exchanging and compiling data about health professions curriculum. Joel Farrell, Chief Architect of InfoSphere MashupHub at IBM, received the innovator award for his work as chair of the MedBiquitous Technical Steering Committee over the past 11 years. Congratulations, Susan and Joel, and thanks for all you do!

Implementing Competency-based learning and assessment

The use of outcome and competency frameworks is a growing part of healthcare education and certification. Many nations or states have accreditation frameworks for health professions schools and programs as well as requirements to demonstrate lifelong learning, interprofessional learning, and competency in medical specialties/subspecialties. The MedBiquitous Competency Framework specification provides a standard way to represent these competencies, allowing them to be used as the backbone of education and assessment systems.

Public review of the Competency Framework specification began May 25. The public review is the final step before balloting a specification and provides an important opportunity for the public to vet the specification and voice any concerns. Download the specification or submit comments! Or visit the Competencies Working Group page for more information.

Implementation Highlights

The annual conference provided an opportunity to learn about several important implementations of MedBiquitous standards. A few highlights are listed here.

  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has developed MAINPORT, an eportfolio that allows Maintenance of Certification program participants to set practice goals, enter CPD activities for credit, and print transcripts and certificates of completion. MAINPORT uses the MedBiquitous Activity Report to automate reporting of educational activities from certain providers.
  • St. George’s University of London has developed a virtual patient player App that downloads and plays MedBiquitous Virtual Patient cases on mobile devices. Medical students use the virtual patients for greater exposure to a range of conditions directly related to their problem-based learning case.  The app is available at

Membership Update

MedBiquitous is pleased to welcome the following new members: the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the American College of Surgeons, DLC Solutions, Lehigh Valley Health Network, the National University of Singapore, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).  AACOM represents the administration, faculty and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States and provides a unified voice for osteopathic medical education. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. DLC Solutions is the Web technology partner for leading medical professional associations, universities, medical education providers, not-for-profit agencies and Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Lehigh Valley Health Network serves communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey through its hospitals, labs, health centers, physician practices, home care, hospice and pharmacies.  The National University of Singapore is a leading global university with the mission to transform the way people think and do things through education, research and service. RACS, formed in 1927, is a non-profit organization training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand.