Learning at your convenience

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52 , No. 1 , January February 2010 , Pages 18 College Library

Access to clinical information is often best used when the physician is at the point of care. But what about the kind of learning that requires quiet contemplation? 

Continuing medical education at the point of convenience, when the learner has the time to focus and concentrate, is clearly ideal. This can be achieved by listening to audio files on portable CD or MP3 players, or even on smartphones. 

Audio-Digest Foundation, an affiliate of the California Medical Association, has been offering recordings of lectures of CME meetings from across the USA for more than 50 years. The lectures cover a wide range of specialties including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. 

The College Library subscribes to these lectures in CD format and makes them available for loan. Furthermore, since 2006, the files have been available in MP3 format. Through the Library’s account at Audio-Digest, College members may download hundreds of files and listen to them on their computers or mobile devices for free. Instructions for access are on the library’s web site at the Audiovisual & PDA page, www.cpsbc.ca/library/pda-video-audio

A limited number of these files have been made publically available by Audio-Digest on the iTunes web site, but access using the College’s web site offers a much larger selection by virtue of the Library’s subscription.
—Karen MacDonell
—Robert Melrose
—Judy Neill
College Librarians

Karen MacDonell, PhD, MLIS, Robert Melrose, Judy Neill. Learning at your convenience. BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 1, January, February, 2010, Page(s) 18 - College Library.



Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

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