Kingston, Ontario (PRWEB)
April 27, 2017
Dr. Sanjay Sharma, an ophthalmic surgeon and professor of ophthalmology at Queen’s University, has received the John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Dr. Sharma was recognized for spearheading the development of MEDSKL, a free, open-access platform for medical students that uses video to deliver clinical education from leading physicians around the world.
“Being a doctor requires the ability to apply knowledge and theory in often unpredictable circumstances. Yet today’s medical students still receive their core education primarily through textbooks and lecture halls. Students need earlier access to clinical knowledge and case studies that bring the fundamental aspects of practicing medicine to life,” said Dr. Sharma. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the nearly 200 faculty members who are contributing to MEDSKL. We look forward to continuing to increase access to on-demand clinical education for medical students worldwide.”
MEDSKL provides short animated videos, detailed notes, and “TED Talk”-style lectures on dozens of clinical topics, from general surgery to public health and the legal and ethical aspects of medicine. The content has been developed in collaboration with hundreds of medical school professors from leading universities, and is designed to be aligned both with university curricula and the real-world needs of physicians. MEDSKL’s platform, which also includes discussion forums to promote student engagement with peers and experts, is currently used by students at more 60 leading universities worldwide. MEDSKL currently offers content in 110 different topics across 28 content areas, and expects to complete its library of courses by…