All posts by Jonathan Hausmann

I am a pediatric and adult rheumatology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I have an interest in autoinflammatory diseases, medical education, and the role of social media and technology in healthcare.

Discovering colchicine for familial Mediterranean fever

Dining with colleagues in the cafeteria of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Stephen Goldfinger expressed his frustration about the strange illness of a patient he had recently seen. She had attacks of fever and abdominal pain that seemed to come out of nowhere.  Her attacks were brief, lasting 1-3 days, but were so severe that she became bed-ridden during these episodes.  Although the woman was otherwise healthy, a severe depression ensued from the unpredictable, debilitating illness that plagued her life every few weeks.

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Getting students to AskUp!

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 7.31.06 PMAskUp is a free, open-source, high-intensity learning application that I created with a group of Harvard programmers.  This application allows learners to create question and answer sets after any educational event (a lecture, an article, a patient encounter, a video, etc).  Questions can then be shared with other learners so that they, too, can learn from this experience.  Practice testing (creating your own question and answer or taking practice tests) is one of the most effective learning strategies available.

This poster includes the results of a pilot study of using AskUp in a medical school class.  The poster was presented at Boston Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Day.

I’m a selfish 21st century teacher

One year has passed since I began using social media as a teaching tool in medical education. I created this blog to teach patients and doctors about autoinflammatory diseases, a rare subset of rheumatic illnesses characterized by fevers and systemic inflammation. I created summaries of groundbreaking articles and posted them on my blog. I wrote about some of my patients, describing their stories so that others could learn to recognize and treat their diseases. I contributed articles to other blogs to help physicians recognize these rare illnesses. Continue reading I’m a selfish 21st century teacher

Teaching about recurrent fevers in a small-group setting

This is  video from a small-group teaching session that I led based on the case of a child with recurrent fevers.  This case was done as part of my Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education. I would appreciate your feedback on this teaching session!

Agile manifesto for physicians

I am a physician. For most of my career, “agile” meant the ability to move quickly and easily: the treatment goal for my patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, however, while collaborating with programmers to develop an educational app, I noticed they used the word “agile” in a new way. For them, Agile is a methodology for software development.

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