COVID-19 presents a real-time educational opportunity

Author: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. , Amber Cesare , Tiffany Lewis , Kathleen Hill, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: education, innovation, technology What do you remember about middle and high school science classes? You may remember spending a few weeks learning about what scientists do (like measuring things and the scientific method ). Then, you remember having to memorize things like the phases of mitosis , the chemical symbol of tungsten (W), and the gravitational constant (-9.81 m/s2). You may also remember doing “labs” to verify these concepts. For example, you may have shined light on an elodea plant in an aquarium and observed the carbon dioxide bubbles that form. Or you might remember looking through a light microscope to…

Project ECHO at Penn State College of Medicine

Author: Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, M.D. MPH , Erica Francis, M.S. , Ellie Hogentogler, B.S.
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Article Topics: innovation, technology, education The COVID-19 pandemic and knowledge of this novel disease has pushed our medical communities to identify new ways of learning. When the pandemic hit, medical experts suddenly found themselves facing an illness they knew little about and struggling to rapidly learn about how best to prepare and care for patients. With assistance from Penn State University’s Huck Institute and Social Sciences Research Institute, our Project ECHO at Penn State was rapidly able to mobilize and provide a platform for sharing much-needed, and ever-changing, information on COVID-19. About Project ECHO Project ECHO…

Building Community in Medical Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Mark Stephens, M.D. , Thomas Laux , Daniella Lipnick , Ryan Kenney , Lindsay Buzzelli , Jeffrey Wong, M.D. , Dan Wolpaw, M.D.
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Article Topics: education, innovation Over the past 3 months, nearly 30,000 medical students across the United States have been displaced from their traditional health care roles. With relatively little warning or time for preparation, students, faculty, and administrators scrambled to create platforms, structures, and processes to support learning and find ways to keep students engaged in patient care. Here is a look inside the impact of COVID-19 on medical education through the eyes of four class leaders at the Penn State College of Medicine, University Park. Tom’s perspective: new ways of teaching, learning and contributing…