Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 709–716 | Cite as

Developing an Interactive Web-Based Learning Program on Skin Cancer: the Learning Experiences of Clinical Educators

  • Waqas R. ShaikhEmail author
  • Alan Geller
  • Gwen Alexander
  • Maryam M. Asgari
  • Gunther J. Chanange
  • Stephen Dusza
  • Melody J. Eide
  • Suzanne W. Fletcher
  • Jacqueline M. Goulart
  • Allan C. Halpern
  • Shoshana Landow
  • Ashfaq A. Marghoob
  • Elizabeth A. Quigley
  • Martin A. Weinstock


Web-based learning in medical education is rapidly growing. However, there are few firsthand accounts on the rationale for and development of web-based learning programs. We present the experience of clinical educators who developed an interactive online skin cancer detection and management course in a time-efficient and cost-efficient manner without any prior skills in computer programming or technical construction of web-based learning programs. We review the current state of web-based learning including its general advantages and disadvantages as well as its specific utility in dermatology. We then detail our experience in developing an interactive online skin cancer curriculum for primary care clinicians. Finally, we describe the main challenges faced and lessons learned during the process. This report may serve medical educators who possess minimal computer programming and web design skills but want to employ the many strengths of web-based learning without the huge costs associated with hiring a professional development team.


Internet Web-based learning Design Continuing medical education Melanoma Skin cancer 



This study was supported by a research grant from the Melanoma Research Alliance.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Waqas R. Shaikh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Alan Geller
    • 4
  • Gwen Alexander
    • 5
  • Maryam M. Asgari
    • 6
  • Gunther J. Chanange
    • 7
  • Stephen Dusza
    • 8
  • Melody J. Eide
    • 5
    • 9
  • Suzanne W. Fletcher
    • 10
  • Jacqueline M. Goulart
    • 8
  • Allan C. Halpern
    • 8
  • Shoshana Landow
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ashfaq A. Marghoob
    • 8
  • Elizabeth A. Quigley
    • 8
  • Martin A. Weinstock
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Dermatoepidemiology UnitVeterans Affairs Medical CenterProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Dermatology and Community HealthBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.Division of Public Health PracticeHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Public Health SciencesHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA
  6. 6.Division of ResearchKaiser Permanente Northern CaliforniaOaklandUSA
  7. 7.Department of Industrial DesignRhode Island School of DesignProvidenceUSA
  8. 8.Dermatology ServiceMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.Department of DermatologyHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA
  10. 10.Department of Population MedicineHarvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care InstituteBostonUSA

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