Wednesday, May 29, 2013

UMHS Rolls out ExamSoft for Computer Based Testing

As Block One day for the new May 2013 Semester fast approaches, UMHS is about to pass another milestone in it's continuing development as a premier institution of higher learning in medicine.
Having recently contracted with ExamSoft to provide UMHS with computer based testing capabilites, we are very excited to begin rolling out our use of the software this semester in the Accelerated Review Program (ARP), Med One, and Extended Basic Sciences One (EBS1) courses. Within the next year the plan is to have all our courses utilizing this electronic format, including with additional iPAD capabilites as ExamSoft rolls out its SoftTest-M App.

The advantages that come with the software are numerous, and were the motivating factors in the decision to move forward with this implementation at UMHS. Ultimately we anticipate student learning and performance to improve as well. Some advantages are:
  1. Enhanced feedback and reporting capabiiltes for students and faculty.
  2. Easy access to statistics and historical exam records.
  3. Question bank development capability.
  4. Enhanced curriculum management and review.
  5. Classification and tagging of questions.
  6. Audio, video and enhanced images in questions.
  7. Better preparation for students to sit the USMLE Step exams, as mimics the experience.  
  8. Increased exam security.
  9. Allows for continual question quality improvement.
  10. As exams are taken offline, dependance on internet access is reduced.
 To learn more about ExamSoft and SoftTest-M , I encourage you to read the excellent article recently published  in "Information Week" , by David Carr.

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Diagnostic Radiology Begins Dean's Grand Rounds for May 2013 Semester

The first Dean’s Grand Round this semester will be held on Thursday, June 06, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Auditorium.

The topic “On Call Survival: The Essential Radiology Diagnoses for Clinical Rotations” will be presented by Dr. Ralph J Duman MD, Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology.

Food and beverage will be permitted for this event. See you all there!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Toronto Notes 2013 Now Available at the Anne Ross Library ~ UMHS

Toronto Notes, now in its 29th edition for 2013, is a concise and comprehensive medical review revised annually by the University of Toronto graduating medical class under the guidance of the Faculty of Medicine. This valuable resource is now availabe for consultation in the Library, just ask at the Library Desk. The accompanying StatNotes and Clinical Handbook are also available.

Considered THE resource for studying for the MCCQE 1 (the Canadian Medical Licensing Exam) and a must have for all medical students preparing for the USMLE Step 2 as well.

"This reference text started as a compilation of notes written by and shared among University of Toronto students to study for their medical licensing exams. After 29 years, it has become a reputable study guide used by medical students across Canada and around the world."

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