Thursday, March 11, 2010

Prisoners Get Access to Healthcare, Should Others?

Is health care a right in the U.S.? If not, then why do prisoners get it for free?

At some level we must believe that basic health care should be provided to the residents of the U.S. Can you believe that some prisoners get better health coverage than hard workers in America?

Of course someone could argue, they get cable TV. But not everyone in the U.S. does! Just because they get it in jail, doesn't mean that is a right. Then again, cable TV and other privileges can be revoked. If a prisoner is sick, regardless of their behavior, they will get seen by a health care practitioner.

One fear I have about making health care "free," will lead to the under appreciation of it. For example, public bathrooms are free and nobody really takes care of it.

**Fast Forward to 3:10

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dr. Ko's Emergency Ultrasound Course

Addictive Learning That Sticks

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Learn by answering a few emailed questions every other day? SpacedEd co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox says that is precisely what his product is doing for physicians. (SpacedEd was invented at Harvard Medical School.)

SpacedEd is a platform designed to allow learners and teachers to harness the educational benefits of spaced education. It is based upon two core psychology research findings: the spacing effect and the testing effect. In more than 10 randomized trials completed to date, spaced education has been found to:

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  • Change behavior,
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In addition, spaced education is extremely well-accepted by learners.

The SpacedEd approach is predicated on a set of core principles:

    • Short Repeated Bursts: Because it uses a regular schedule and an adaptive algorithm, learning can be delivered in small amounts that can take as little as 3 minutes a day.
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    • Immediate Feedback: Once a question is answered, detailed educational feedback is provided. Users are also given performance data (their course progress and performance relative to peers) which feeds their addiction to the courses.

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Thanks to all faculty, staff, & colleagues at Loma Linda University and Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Southern California for their assistance in creating this ultrasound course.

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