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.
AskUp 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.
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
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!