Enable medical practitioners in resource-constrained areas to maintain competence and improve patient care by providing access to cutting-edge medical literature.
Physicians, physicians-in-training, midwives, nurses, prehospital providers, and community health practitioners in resource constrained areas.
Continuing Medical Education on Stick (CMES) refers to Continuing Medical Education (CME) which are educational activities that help medical practitioners maintain competence, learn about new and developing areas of their field and improve patient care. CME development and utilization faces challenges worldwide because resources are limited and infrastructure for the delivery of healthcare and information is fragile. Based on interviews with medical practitioners the main challenge to CME utilization in resource-challenged countries is: lack of funds to travel to conferences or buy CME programs; lack of local CME credits for continued licensing: and lack of mentors to inspire continuing medical education after graduation. This results in localized medical practices with great disparities between urban and rural areas. Overcoming these obstacles requires novel approaches to delivery beyond printed and digital mediums, human agency and off-site training.
We developed CME on a Stick (CMES) which is an auto-running USB drive with CME content and OS-like functionality and CMES-Pi which is a Raspberry-Pi unit enabling CME access via our smart phone iOs or Android apps. Medical practitioners, including community health providers, nurses, midwives, medical students, mid-level providers and physicians in both urban and rural areas utilize CMES to access free educational content and materials.
What is normal and abnormal in a newborn? Stridor, periodic breathing, vomiting, eye discharge? Which of these merits investigation and treatment? Using your thumb drive or CMES-Pi device take a listen or a quick read of the May 2020 EM:RAP podcast or pdf titled, Newborn Normal by Anand Swaminathan MD and Zach Drapkin MD. Who Knew? Some of the
Shankar Vedamtam, NPR Hidden Brain host, interviewed Dr. Michele Gelfand, a psychologist at the University of Maryland about her framework of “tight” and “loose” cultures. Tight cultures, she says, are more rules-oriented. Loose cultures are more permissive. “Countries like Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Austria tend to veer tight,” she says. “And countries like New Zealand, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Greece
St. Lucia pediatric physical therapist, Elaine Clements, works remotely to continue therapy treatments for underserved children with disabilities. The island is under mandatory stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elaine provides video conferencing with parents and patients using doxy.me. Elaine said, “We send parents a link and they join me from their home. They show me what they are working
CMES participants…you will find EM:RAP Corependium chapter & WHO Covid-19 information for USB and Pi users on the TWB server. Topics range from Hand Sanitizer Formulation to Critical Preparedness. We will update frequently, so check back weekly. A reminder from our partner in the DRC, HandUp Congo, “A South African word, Ubuntu describes our recognition that we are all bound
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