Medical Education and Technology

MedPics - An Image Library for Medical Education

Description

MedPics is a web-based image delivery system collaboratively developed at UCSD by the School of Medicine’s Office of Educational Technology and the Histology and Human Disease course faculty. MedPics is a self-paced learning environment that uses on-screen guidance to assist students in key feature identification and image interpretation. The supporting text provides core and clinically relevant information about each image and a learning framework for organizing the subject matter. MedPics has been used by second year medical students at UCSD as an integral part of their curriculum since 1992. The individual image pages for Histology (290) and Pathology (515) form the heart of MedPics. A standard screen layout and navigation scheme makes the program easy to learn and use, enabling students to focus their efforts on the instructional content. Each display is a combination of image and supporting text organized into standard information fields: Title, Features, and Summary. In the Standard Mode, students explore one lesson module at a time and the supporting text fields for each image are displayed (default). In the Review Mode, students can select one or more lesson modules and the percent of available images be randomized for self-testing. In this later mode, the supporting text fields for each image are not displayed until and unless students specifically seek the information. Additional options, such as changing image display size, enable further customization of the display.

Educational Objectives

  1. To enable course directors to provide a core set of teaching and learning images for Histology and Pathology clinically relevant information about each image and with a learning framework for organizing the subject matter.
  2. To provide on-screen guidance that helps the student more effectively identify and label the structural elements of normal and abnormal tissues and organs.
  3. To provide a tool for image interpretation that helps the student more effectively relate the structural basis of normal and abnormal tissues and organs seen on histologic and gross images with their normal or abnormal function.
     

Publications

  1. Hoffman, H., Irwin, A., and Ligon, R.: PathPics: An Image-Based Instructional Program Used in the Pathology and Histology Curriculum and Transmitted over a Wide Area Network. Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 796-797, 1992.
  2. Hoffman, H., Irwin, A., and Ligon, R.: PathPics: UCSD's Image Review and Tutorial Program. Learning Resources Journal. University of Minnesota Health Sciences; June 1992.
  3. Hoffman, H.M., Irwin, A.E., Baird, S., Bloor, C.M., Miyai, K., and Savoia, M.C.: UCSD’s MedPics: Implementation and Impact on the Curriculum. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 776-780, 1993.
  4. Hoffman, H.: Network-Compatible Multimedia for Medical Training: MedPics. IEEE Multimedia, 1/3:71-73, 1994.

Citations

  1. Andrew, S.M. and Benbow, E. W.” Conversion of a traditional image archive into an image resource on compact disc" J Clin Pathol. July1997;50 (7):544.
  2. Peer reviewed and published in AAMC's MedEdPORTAL


2009 Updates

Over the past several months it has gone an important cycle of review and editing. As a result, the MedPics - Pathology section has been upgraded, and a new MedPics - Ultrasound section has been added. These changes are the outcome of two different student ISPs and are available on the student version of MedPics (login required).

 

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