What is eMedici?
As many students will already know, eMedici is an interactive online learning platform specifically designed for Medical Students. It has been pioneered by Associate Professor Peter Devitt for the Fourth Year Surgical Home Unit and it has been consistently rated very highly by students. Recently, attempts have been made to extend eMedici into other fields in order to expand the usefulness of this tool across the University of Adelaide Medical Program.
What many students do not know is that any clinical student, at any time, is welcome to design and submit his / her own case for review! This involves a peer-review process and so any published cases would be important contributions to a curriculum vitae. This page highlights some of the reasons why you may want to consider writing an eMedici case on an area of interest to you. If you are a clinical student and would like to design a case, simply go to the eMedici website, log in / create an account, and start exploring!
Why author an eMedici case?
Benefits to future students
We all know how useful eMedici can be in learning material and consolidating that learning in the lead-up to assessments. By authoring eMedici cases, you will help extend the learning platform for future students. You will be listed as the author and your cases could be valuable learning exercises for students for many years to come.
Work with a clinician in your interest area
Real patients are the best basis for high-quality eMedici cases. By offering to author eMedici cases in an area of your interest, you will have the opportunity to build a working relationship with one or more clinicians in that field; the clinician(s) might, for example, assist by identifying appropriate patients and providing helpful advice in the drafting process. Such a relationship may prove useful for mentoring, for future references and perhaps as a basis from which to undertake other research activity.
Consolidation of learning
Authoring an eMedici case necessitates reading around the topic and carefully considering the various key aspects that a medical student must know. By writing an eMedici case, even if it is not published, you will consolidate your own learning.
Entry into vocational training programs is, as we are all aware, competitive and becoming more so. Though it may not be the main motivation for becoming involved, authoring peer-reviewed eMedici cases would be looked upon favourably by those selecting the entrants to training programs.
The best person to answer questions about authoring your own eMedici case(s) is Associate Professor Peter Devitt. However, if you would like to liaise with a member of the AMSS then the Vice President (Education) available at (firstname.lastname@example.org) would be a good first-port-of-call.
Update on Monday 15 April 2013
Together with the University of Notre Dame (Sydney), the University of Adelaide is in the process of developnig a number of new eMedici modules. These will cover several subjects including Emergency Medicine, Acute Care, Trauma, Paediatrics and Radiology. This project is being co-ordinated by Professor Michael Wan at the University of Notre Dame (Sydney). Student volunteers are being sought to author cases in the following areas:
Topic 1: Infective disease | Obstructed infected renal calculus
Topic 8: Procedural sedation | Dislocated shoulder
Topic 14: Orthopaedic emergencies | Fractured femur
Topic 15: Airway emergencies | Tension pneumothorax
Students who author completed cases, in addition to the benefits listed above, will also receive a $400.00 honorarium per case! If you are a clinical student and you are interested in being involved, please contact Associate Professor Peter Devitt.