Combining Medical Education with Technology

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Dr M Chadi Alraies

Dr M Chadi Alraies, Interventional Cardiology Fellow

As a heart doctor and technology enthusiast, I have always been interested in the ways in which technology can help develop medical education. Clinicians encounter complex medical cases on a daily basis, and their experiences can be extremely valuable to others. However, there has always been a question around appropriate channels for discussing confidential patient cases.

Social media is a great place to connect with practicing doctors, trainee and medical students of all specialties, and to discover great content from the #FOAMed movement. While social media makes it easy to stay on top of new developments, it is not the ideal place to discuss patient care.

Sharing real-life cases on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn can jeopardize patient privacy; while you may take great care to ensure all information and images are anonymized, there is always the possibility that a patient will be able to identify themselves even if no one else can. On public platforms such as Twitter, these is a lack of adjudication of information from reliable healthcare providers who are experts in the field. What’s more, the limited character count on Twitter amplifies the risk of comments being misinterpreted on public domain for the whole world to see. It’s just not worth risking your career over.

In my search for a reliable educational tool for doctors, I discovered MedShr—the only private, safe and professional website and app for physicians to discuss their medical cases. MedShr enables verified medical practitioners to learn from colleagues around the world, and help educate the next generation of doctors. The app itself is very easy to use, and has great features that protect patient privacy. It makes medical learning easy.

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MedShr has been extremely valuable to me for my own medical education. I recently came across a case about a coronary bifurcation lesion—these lesions are notoriously difficult to manage. Although there is data that recommends certain types of intervention, many interventionalists have different experiences and approaches. The case was discussed nicely among interventionalists, overviewing the different strategies, which was incredibly useful to me.

I would recommend MedShr to any medical student, junior or senior doctor, as it is the easiest and most reliable way of sharing medical cases with peers.

 

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About Dr M Chadi Alraies, MD MPH

Dr M Chadi Alraies received his medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Aleppo in Syria. Dr Alraies completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St Vincent Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, cardiology training and research at the University of Minnesota and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His current area of interest is complex coronary and structural interventions, especially in high bleeding risk population.

 

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