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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 81–85 | Cite as

The Use of a Small Private Online Course to Allow Educators to Share Teaching Resources Across Diverse Sites: The Future of Psychiatric Case Conferences?

  • Billy J. Lockhart
  • Noah A. Capurso
  • Isaiah Chase
  • Melissa R. Arbuckle
  • Michael J. Travis
  • Jane Eisen
  • David A. Ross
In Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

The authors sought to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating small private online course (SPOC) technology with flipped classroom techniques in order to improve neuroscience education across diverse training sites.

Methods

Post-graduate medical educators used SPOC web conferencing software and video technology to implement an integrated case conference and in-depth neuroscience discussion.

Results

Ten psychiatry training programs from across the USA and from two international sites took part in the conference. Feedback from participants was largely positive.

Conclusion

This pilot demonstrated the feasibility of such a program and provided a diverse audience with the opportunity to engage in an interactive learning experience with expert faculty discussants. This may be a useful model for programs with limited local expertise to expand their teaching efforts in a wide range of topics.

Keywords

Neuroscience Curriculum Online learning 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Drs. Deborah Fried, John Krystal, and Michael Sernyak for serving as the expert discussants for this case.

Compliance with ethical standards

Disclosures

Drs. Arbuckle, Eisen, Ross, and Travis have received NIMH funding to develop the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (3R25MH101076-02S1). The authors have no other conflicts of interest to report.

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Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Columbia and the NY State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  5. 5.Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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