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School of Medicine

Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, pathology, microbiology, genetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease, typically through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints and traction, medical devices, biologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others.[1]

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Department of Anatomy Department of Biochemistry Department of Physiology
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology Department of Microbiology Department of Pathology
Department of Pharmacology Department of Anesthesiology Department of Community Medicine
Department of Dermatology & Venereology Department of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Department of Ophthalmology Department of Orthopedics Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Department of Pediatrics Department of Psychiatry Department of Surgery
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School Noticeboard

November 2013

  • Wikiversity medicine needs a unique identity, distinct from the role of Wikipedia and Wikibooks. What might that role be? What progress are we making? Share your ideas on the Talk page.

Educational Resources tools to make them

Learning medicine requires more than passive reading for understanding. Here is a growing list of resource types that can be useful in various contexts, as well as some especially good links to essential things you really should try (if you haven't already) either to find your own resources, or, hopefully to contribute here!

  •   Introductions / Explanations / Topic summaries / Blogs (non-technical language)
  •   Research studies / published reviews / theories / summaries / clinical scenarios and case reports (including simulation scenarios)
  •   Curriculum documents, lesson plans, articles
  •   Linear (normal) slideshow presentations, e.g. PowerPoint or the free Open Office Impress
  •   Comparison or summary tables
  •   WebQuests, which guide the student through sequences of resources, preferably including a variety of other resource formats
  •   Assessment outlines / marking guides / quizzes / checklists (need to know about Atul Gawande and the Checklist Manifesto)
  •   Pictures / Photos (search Wikimedia Commons and CC-BY-SA Images at Flickr, or use a graphic editor)
  •   Vector illustrations (try Inkscape - free software)
  •   Mindmaps (need to try Freeplane - free software)
  •   Animations (try Pencil for 2D, or Blender for 3D if you are ambitious!)
  •   Podcasts / Vodcasts / Screencasts / Videos (Youtube, Khan Academy, TED Talks, and short-format presentation styles like Pecha Kucha)
  •   Flashcards (try Anki - free software, with spaced repetition for optimised revision and retention of information, or Evernote used with the Revunote app for android). These may vary the order and timing of repetitions, but the feedback response (the second side of the flashcard) is the same.
  •   Non-linear Powerpoint presentations and medical information apps. The only interactivity is in the order or choice of available information topics presented.
  •   Games, Virtual patient apps and online flash/html interactive modules (try Prognosis- Your Diagnosis for Android). These can vary in quality. Low level interactions may have a series of trivial roadblocks ('click on the nose to continue') or disconnected stimulus-response feedback (see quizzes above). Variations include different visual ways of triggering the response, e.g. click or touch, drag/drop or mouse-over. Better examples may use more complex branching scenarios where each decision affects the next problem, and a range of responses is possible rather than just good or bad responses.

Educational approaches

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Current Learning Projects

There are three active medical learning projects here. Why not start another one?

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  1. Wikipedia: Medicine