The adage a picture is worth a thousand words was originally coined by an advertising executive to describe the superiority of graphics over text in product promotion. The truth of the phrase applies equally to education when learning a new procedure.
The adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” was originally coined by an advertising executive to describe the superiority of graphics over text in product promotion. The truth of the phrase applies equally to education when learning a new procedure.
For physicians needing to update their skills in emergency and anesthesia techniques, the College Library is pleased to announce that Procedures Consult is now available through www.cpsbc.ca. This multimedia resource includes streaming video, quick and extended review, pre- and post-procedure instruction, and testing with remediation functionality.
Emergency subjects range widely, including basic airway management, splinting techniques, and even tick removal. The anesthesia module includes nerve blocks, airway masks, lumbar epidural placement, and 30 more techniques. To access this new resource, log in to the College web site (www.cpsbc.ca), click on “Library,” and scroll down to the link to Procedures Consult.
If surgical procedures are of interest, the surgical video collection from Northwestern University is newly available on the library’s web site. These streaming videos include narrated instruction and comprise 28 procedures in colorectal, endocrine, general surgery, and surgical oncology.
To view the collection, log in to the College web site, click on “Library,” scroll down to “Audiovisual and PDA,” then select “Northwestern University Surgical Video Collection.”
College members have been able to borrow videos and DVDs produced by the Network for Continuing Medical Education (NCME) for many years. Access has now expanded to include streaming video online from the NCME site. Some 30 programs may be viewed on subjects including the febrile child, hospice care, medical records, and avian influenza.
Directions for accessing NCME resources may be found under the “Audiovisual and PDA” section of the College web site. Individual user names and passwords are required, but free access is granted through the College Library’s subscription.
The superiority of images, especially those in real time, over text descriptions in medical education has been well established. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. The addition of Procedures Consult, the surgical video collection, and online NCME programs also supports the first principle of another old axiom: see one, do one, teach one.
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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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