Free open access medical education can help rural clinicians deliver 'quality care, out there'
Citation: Leeuwenburg TJ, Parker C. Free open access medical education can help rural clinicians deliver 'quality care, out there'. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2015; 15: 3185. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=3185 (Accessed 28 August 2016)
Rural clinicians require expertise across a broad range of specialties, presenting difficulty in maintaining currency of knowledge and application of best practice. Free open access medical education is a new paradigm in continuing professional education. Use of the internet and social media allows a globally accessible crowd-sourced adjunct, providing inline (contextual) and offline (asynchronous) content to augment traditional educational principles and the availability of relevant resources for life-long learning. This markedly reduces knowledge translation (the delay from inception of a new idea to bedside implementation) and allows rural clinicians to further expertise by engaging in discussion of cutting edge concepts with peers worldwide.Key words: Australia, educational resources, FOAMed, social media.
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