Implementation and evaluation of a tele-education system for the diagnosis of ophthalmic disease by international trainees

John Campbell, Ryan Swan, Karyn Jonas, Susan Ostmo, Camila V. Ventura, Maria A. Martinez-Castellanos, Rachelle Go Ang Sam Anzures, Michael Chiang, R. V Paul Chan

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Abstract

Tele-education systems are increasingly being utilized in medical education worldwide. Due to limited human resources in healthcare in low and middle-income countries, developing online systems that are accessible to medical trainees in underserved areas potentially represents a highly efficient and effective method of improving the quantity and quality of the health care workforce. We developed, implemented, and evaluated an interactive web-based tele-education system (based on internationally accepted, image-based guidelines) for the diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity among ophthalmologists-in-training in Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. We demonstrate that participation in this tele-education program improved diagnostic accuracy and reliability, and was preferred to standard pedagogical methods. This system may be employed not only in training, but also in international certification programs, and the process may be generalizable to other image-based specialties, such as dermatology and radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-375
Number of pages10
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium
Volume2015
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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    Campbell, J., Swan, R., Jonas, K., Ostmo, S., Ventura, C. V., Martinez-Castellanos, M. A., Anzures, R. G. A. S., Chiang, M., & Chan, R. V. P. (2015). Implementation and evaluation of a tele-education system for the diagnosis of ophthalmic disease by international trainees. AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2015, 366-375.