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Residents get social network with interactive video case studies

How will physicians deal with the growing power of “Medical Googlers”?The morning report is a critical part of residents’ education. Chief residents present patient cases to residents, interns and attending physicians, which gives them the opportunity to put their medical knowledge to work and learn how to diagnose and treat patients. A social network for physicians, QuantiaMD, has launched a resident-focused section providing an interactive video version of the experience.

The Resident Exchange is part of an agreement with the National Chief Residents Consortium made up of internal medicine residents. Users can view videos on patient case studies like The Salad Strikes Back — a seven-minute module in which a chief resident talks about incidents of E. coli involving vegetarians. Viewers are quizzed on how to diagnose and treat them. Although the exchange content can be viewed on the Web, it’s also available on mobile devices like iPads and iPhones.

In an interview with MedCity News, Dr. Kelly Choi, vice president of the payer and provider markets, said it wanted to give the estimated 10,000 residents who access QuantiaMD their own home on the site. The plan is to grow the video segments on the Resident Exchange into an uber case library to provide instruction on various aspects of internal medicine. It also is adding a medical board review prep section in the first half of next year along with more opportunities for social interaction among residents. It sees a lot of opportunity in the medical board prep space because, as Choi points out, most prep material is book, DVD or Web-based — with little available that’s tailored to mobile devices.

The Waltham, Massachusetts-based network reflects the evolving medical education experience. With so many medical students growing accustomed to using iPads and smartphones as part of the learning process, this seems like a natural progression. And with the relative ease of producing the video segments, it offers a useful supplement to deepen residents’ learning experiences.


Choi also views the Resident Exchange as a way to make the medical residency experience less isolating.

“Highly social people are being challenged to do a serious job that has gotten more isolating,” Choi said. “We want to enable people to talk about things that are important to them.”

Another aim of the channel is to stimulate more interest in internal medicine to increase the number of primary physicians. There has been a shift away from primary care toward specialties, partly due to lackluster salary growth.