Doctors need medical updates from a myriad of online resources. We conduct workshops for medical students, residents and health professionals in India to teach them to search these resources correctly, early in their profession. We are developing E-Learning modules for further learning and outreach. Our target audience will then regularly search for the best information updates to use in their profession and their patients will get treatment and services based on best global practices.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Healthcare delivery needs to be based on best practices in the world. Searching online resources is a daunting task, not taught in medical schools in India. With this lacuna, health professionals may not retrieve right information and consumers may not get the best treatment options available. There are best practices in searching for information, but neither health professionals nor the governing bodies are fully aware of these, and hence such teaching is not integrated in the curriculum.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will help medical students, residents and senior doctors understand medical information resources available online and use the right ones. They will learn scientific ways of searching for relevant information. These skills will save them a lot of time that is otherwise wasted with search engines. The time thus saved can be invested in providing more time for patient care. The target audience will also stay updated with the current evidence based health care information.
Potential Long Term Impact
Learning these skills early in their career is easy, and helps students & residents imbibe the habits of staying updated and searching for the right information. They start saving time even as they work on their postgraduate theses and will develop confidence in patient care, by learning to find the right evidence. The spirit of inquiry will fuel more information seeking while they treat patients. This in turn will spur research inquiry, and writing high quality papers on local health problems.
Total Funding Received to Date: $18,219
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $31,781
Total Funding Goal: $50,000