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
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.
To learn more about autoinflammatory diseases, take a look at my collection of relevant journal articles in Read by QXMD.
Trying to differentiate between the many (and ever-growing in number) autoinflammatory diseases is difficult. They share many clinical features such as fever, abdominal pain, and elevation in inflammatory markers. These diseases are so rare that most physicians, even some rheumatologists, may never see them. Genetic studies are only helpful to diagnose a fraction of these patients–we only know a handful of mutations that cause these syndromes.
This is why it was refreshing to read a new study that appeared in this month’s Annals of Rheumatic Diseases: The phenotype of TRAPS at presentation: a series of 158 cases from the Eurofever/EUROTRAPS international registry. It provides us with clinical clues to help identify patients with TRAPS (tumor necrosis factor-receptor-associated autoinflammatory syndrome). Continue reading What do patients with TRAPS look like?