, 31 Jan 2014
; Matthew Thurtell; Victoria Pelak
Thank you for meeting at the AAN today.
Below is a summary of what we discussed and decided; please add anything I might have forget.
What each of us should do:
Nancy and her team can help us by:
- Email our itinerary (plane tickets) to Nancy so that she knows when we are coming and leaving (plan on arriving on Thursday morning and on working all day Thursday and Friday, including early evening); we are allowed to go back home on Saturday AM (I will take the very late red eye out of SLC on Friday night).
- Review the existing neuro-op curriculum (the one for fellows published in JNO and also listed on the NOVEL website) and let's try to split it in 5 so that each of us has a specific work assignment. For example, Matt Thurtell will likely pick nystagmus and eye movements, Kathleen knows well all the NOVEL material on examination and testing techniques. Send me your wish list by email I and I will do my best to give about 1/5th of the work to each of us.
- Once we have our assigned part of the curriculum, we should spend time reviewing some of the NOVEL material related to our assignment in order to pre-select the best material and to become more familiar with NOVEL.
- While doing this, we also should keep in mind that it is possible to link parts of the 6th edition of the Walsh and Hoyt and this may prove particularly useful for the anatomy and physiology, or examination techniques.
- This will also allow us to identify existing gaps on NOVEL – we will make a list of these gaps and will ask NANOS members to create/provide what is missing.
When we are in Utah:
- Providing the curriculum on a spreadsheet
- Provide an inventory of what is available on NOVEL (should help us identify illustrations)
- We will all work together in the same room with each of us having access to a computer
- We will go through our assigned part of the curriculum and decide what illustration/photo/video should be linked to each item (we agreed on trying to select THE absolute best illustration/photo/video and to limit the number of links for each item (for example, we only need one good video of how to check for an RAPD, but we need probably 10 examples of papilledema). Being together in the same room will allow us to consult each other each time we hesitate between two illustrations.
- Since there is some redundancy in the curriculum, we will try to link the same illustration/photo/video each time it is necessary.
- Nancy and her team will decide what will be the best way for each of us to communicate our decisions so that each link be created almost immediately (?should we have pre-designed sheets with items from the curriculum on which we indicate which illustration/photo/videos are chosen and hand them immediately to Nancy's team who can work on linking them immediately)
- Ideally, we want to be finished by he end of the afternoon on Friday so that we can refine the list of missing items, and try as many links as we can to make sure we are pleased with the result.
- Let's not forget that Kathleen has promised all sorts of pies…:)
Finally, we discussed the fact that linking NOVEL illustration/photo/videos to the existing curriculum originally intended for neuro-ophthalmology fellows is only the first step of many potential actions (and no, we do not have to be in charge of all actions…). We have chosen to begin with illustration/photo/videos and possibly to add a few, still up-to-date chapters of parts of the 6th ed of Walsh and Hoyt textbook. In the future, we should consider also linking the best relevant articles from JNO, some lectures, Walsh cases, NANOS syllabi, etc… Once our part is done, it should be very easy to add additional links to written material.
Also, once we have linked the best illustration/photo/videos to the existing curriculum, it will be easy to shrink the curriculum (and therefore the number of links) to accommodate the needs of ophthalmology or neurology residents, non-neuro-ophthalmologists, medical students, etc… There are unlimited applications that could be used to market parts of NOVEL to a specific group.
I believe that it is important that the final product remain easy to navigate and user friendly; it should be seen as an outstanding teaching document, not a library (NOVEL is the library already); it will be tempting to create many links for one topic since NOVEL has so many extraordinary illustrations, but we should not do that. The question each time is "which illustration/photo/video do you really your fellow or best medical student absolutely needs to see to understand a specific topic"?
Thanks again for being part of this exciting project