BOSTON, Mass. -- (Nov. 19, 2003) -- Tufts Health Care
Institute (THCI) today announced that it has launched an advanced
online learning system that will help residency training programs
prepare physicians to excel in the rapidly evolving U.S. health
Called THCI's Online Learning Campus, the integrated teaching
and learning system has been adopted by leading departments
at Jefferson Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University in
Philadelphia and Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston,
"Medical training programs that must comply with new
accreditation mandates to train physicians in a number of
critical areas are responding by asking their faculty to teach
more - and their residents to learn more - in the same or
less time previously available to them. Our Online Learning
Campus offers an academically rigorous solution," said
THCI Executive Director Rosalie Phillips.
THCI said its Online Learning Campus provides a secure, interactive
environment that includes learning modules, exercises, and
assessments on such topics as Evidence-based Medicine, Clinical
Guidelines, and Quality Improvement Techniques. Much of the
material focuses on the requirements of the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to prepare
physicians in a number of competency areas, primarily in systems-based
practice and practice-based learning and improvement.
Other campus components include an online personal portfolio
that allows learners to record and track their learning activities
and communicate with their faculty. Faculty also have easy
access to reports on their target group of learners.
"THCI's Online Learning Campus is the right tool at
the right time because it assists faculty in teaching the
two most difficult ACGME competencies: systems-based practice
and practice-based learning and improvement," said Dr.
Cynthia Silber, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education,
Jefferson Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University. "Our
program directors are responding enthusiastically because
the Online Learning Campus augments regular classroom teaching
with high quality content and assessment tools."
The THCI Online Learning Campus is accessible on the Web
About the Online Learning Campus
THCI's Online Learning Campus is a secure, interactive environment
that helps faculty teach, and residents learn, about the ACGME
competencies, particularly in the areas of systems-based practice
and practice-based learning and improvement.
The Online Learning Campus features instructional tools and
resources, including learning modules and self-assessments,
which have been developed by nationally recognized experts
in graduate medical education. Applied Learning Exercises
(AppLEs) enable residents to apply their learning in their
day-to-day clinical settings, while integrated personal portfolios
allow faculty and residents to track, assess, and document
progress. Extensive bibliographic resources are also available.
Practitioners (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and physician
assistants) have access to a Continuing Education Division
of the Online Learning Campus that features learning modules,
self-assessments, and a personal portfolio, focusing on the
areas of systems-based care and practice-based learning.
About Tufts Health Care Institute
Established in 1995, THCI (www.thci.org), an independent,
not-for-profit, educational organization, is a leading source
for educational and training programs on systems-based practice
and care management for the health professions. THCI provides
practical teaching materials, including online learning resources,
assessment instruments, and curriculum guides, and regularly
conducts national conferences and faculty development workshops.
These activities support the training of clinicians to better
meet the goals of professional groups, such as the ACGME and
the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties), as well
as recommendations from the Association of American Medical
Colleges (AAMC) and the Institute of Medicine.
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