WFPICCS has been collaborating with OPENPediatricsTM, an innovative education program in the pediatric field that shares our vision, to help connect clinicians around the world that care for critically ill children in order to advance knowledge and improve the care of children worldwide.
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OPENPediatrics is an online community of clinicians sharing best practices from all resource settings around the world through innovative collaboration and digital learning technologies. Their goal is to leverage technology to promote worldwide sharing and exchange of knowledge about the care of sick children.
Key Features of OPENPediatrics
Information on Demand
OPENPediatrics provides academically rigorous, peer reviewed, medical education material to any clinician, at anytime, anywhere. Information available on demand includes expert lectures and demonstrations, medical device simulators such as the Ventilator Simulator and Peritoneal Dialysis Simulator, protocols, and medical calculators. OPENPediatrics’ Virtual Ventilator Simulator won an MITX Interactive Award in 2012 for its advanced design and in November of 2015, OPENPediatrics won the Microsoft Education Award from the Tech Museum of Innovation. The Tech Awards are given out annually to recognize projects that address globally significant problems through innovative uses of technology. OPENPediatrics also meets the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
OPENPediatrics brings the power and reach of open learning to medical education by supporting self-paced learning for a large-scale audience of clinicians. By providing free educational curricula, OPENPediatrics opens access to this knowledge to doctors and nurses around the world regardless of their proximity to a formal educational institution.
OPENPediatrics encourages clinicians from different resource settings worldwide to exchange ideas and locally appropriate best practices. OP supports the formation of public and private groups, with services including threaded discussion forums, and document sharing. OPENPediatrics also offers a video chat feature that allows clinicians to video chat one-on-one or with up to nine participants.
OPENPediatrics also hosts monthly World Shared Practice Forums for physicians and nurses. These videos feature presentations from international physician and nurse experts that allows users from all around the world to discuss current issues and best practices. Questions are asked throughout the video, and each institution shares with the global community their practice related to the topic of the video. This is a great opportunity to learn how other critical care and pediatric providers manage similar issues worldwide.
Every year millions of children die worldwide from preventable causes. Expertise on how to treat these children exists, but is currently locked within the walls of institutions. The current system of medical education requires students to “come within the walls” to learn, thus using an approach that cannot be scaled to meet the growing need for skilled doctors and nurses worldwide. Medical missions can enhance local skill sets, but they simply cannot address the ever-growing education and training needs.
OPENPediatrics responds to this challenge: fusing world class medical expertise with leading edge communications technology and the power of the internet to create an interactive virtual training and knowledge exchange center designed to enhance the quality of care provided to critically ill children throughout the world.
In July of 2016, OPENPediatrics launched a new version of their website which provides a better user experience and better access on mobile devices. Users can now customize their experience with OP by adding resources, courses and groups to their My OP page, so all of their favorite content will appear in one central location. OPENPediatrics currently has users from 139 countries and over 2,200 hospitals accessing the program. Learn more or share the word about OPENPediatrics by downloading this poster: OPENPediatrics Poster.