Three years ago a group of our 2nd year students set up DundeePRN – Medicine for students as and when required. This website was a wealth of useful information for students and proved popular. Once the students hit 4th year and busy clinical attachments, DundeePRN went into a hibernation. This year there have been a number of conversations about raising PRN from it’s slumber and using PRN to showcase #FOAMed resources developed by Dundee medical students and most recently as a hub for some twitter case discussions.
Tonight at 8pm we kick off our first #dundeeprn twitter case discussion an idea that has come from converastions with one of Year 2 students, Iona Campbell, an active participant in #twitfrg and #ukmeded chats. The chats have enthusiastic support from a number of teaching staff, (some have already been writing cases for future chats) and also from active tweeting students across a number of years. We’ve pitched the #dundeeprn chats to other students as an opportunity to support some revision and hopefully as the weeks go by we’ll see more joining in. As with any twitter chat the #dundeeprn are not in any way exclusive and medical students and doctors from other institutions are very welcome to join in, so if you’re free tune in and join in the conversation.
Our kick off case comes from an old GI study guide which has lots of questions, and you can take a look at it on google docs. This isn’t a typical case in the way that #twitfrg would present a case but we hope it will be a way of easing students into a twitter chat. Future cases will have a more familiar format and the plan is that whilst staff may contribute some that students will also prepare cases for future weeks. We’ll be posting the cases on our DundeePRN website together with storify’s of the dicussion so that students can review the cases. We’re hoping to make DundeePRN public again so that we can share it more widely with the medical education commuity and will keep you posted on developments.
Today saw the culmination of 4 months of hard work by about 10 of our 2nd year medical students with the launch of a new website DundeePRN Medicine for students as and when required. I blogged back in September about blogging doctors and how a colleague in respiratory medicine had set up DundeeChest to support the teaching in the respiratory system block. After an initial mixed response to DundeeChest (one student said – what blog?) by the end of the 4 week teaching block 98% of the year thought that all of the teaching blocks should be supported by a blog. There has been interest from other systems and several other blogs have started up, and Friday will see the latest in the emerging Dundee Blogging Network, DundeeBones.
Early in the chest block DundeeChest asked whether any students were interested in getting involved in the blog, podcasting and e-learning developments generally. About 10 students registered an interest and with the support and encouragement of DundeeChest, DundeePRN was born. The students involved aren’t all techie types, but they do have a technical whizz among their ranks who’s built the site. As a group they’ve shown real commitment and started to develop a resource, which whilst it’s primary focus is medicine at Dundee could become a useful resource for medical students elsewhere. Many of the pages are public, but some can only be viewed by registered users, but anyone can register for an account. The students have been posting links to BMJ articles, commeting on medical news, developing revision resources and providing a comprehensive overview of the teaching hospital and the learning opportunities available in clinics and on the wards.
DundeePRN was launched to our 2nd year students today and 73 new users have signed up since lunchtime. Over the coming weeks the PNRers will spread the word to the 3rd and 1st year students and then the 4th and 5th years. They’re also hoping that more of the local clinical teaching staff will get inolved to help verify the content and also provide other input. It’s been great to watch DundeePRN develop over the past few months and see a group of students develop their own learning space. Exciting times!!