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Free open access medical education can help rural clinicians deliver 'quality care, out there'

Submitted: 1 July 2014
Revised: 4 April 2015
Accepted: 7 May 2015
Published: 17 August 2015

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Author(s) : Leeuwenburg TJ, Parker C.

Tim Leeuwenburg

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: (Accessed 26 October 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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