Health Care Education 2.0 - Transforming your teaching for the digital age

(formerly called: Become a Digital Citizen - Technology in Health Care Education)
Offered Annually in Boston, MA

Next Course:
October 15-20, 2017

Course Brochure: course brochure PDF

Application Deadline:
The 2017 application is now closed. Please check back soon for the 2018 application


Program Directors:

Thomas Aretz, MD

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD

Neil Mehta, MBBS, MS

Roy Phitayakorn, MD MHPE (MEd) FACS

A sample of our international participating faculty:
  • Kevin Brandom, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Medical Educator, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
  • Amy Fleming, MD
  • Associate Dean foe Medical Student Affairs, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA
  • Holly Gooding, MD
  • Blogger, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  • Margaret Hay, PhD
  • Director, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • Andrew Linn, M.B.B.S., DCH, FRACGP
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Lisa Nash,DO
  • Associate Dean, UNTHSC/TCOM, Fort Worth, TX, USA
  • Andres Navedo, MD
  • Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  • Chris Stewart-Patterson, BA, MD
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, NZ, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Teresa Sörö, MSc
  • Strategic Education Developer, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Brent Thoma, MD, MA
  • Blogger, Emergency Physician, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Traci Wolbrink, MD, M.P.H.
  • Assistant Professor Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the role of online learning in health care education.
    • List steps required to convert their current traditional education material into online interactive activities.
    • Independently develop online instruction material and host it on a Learning Management System.
    • Implement appropriate use of technology to enhance learning activities inside and outside the classroom.
    • Use social media to form a community of inquiry and identify the potential role of using this model at their own institutions.
    • Utilize tools for creating filters to manage information overload and for collaborating with a professional learning network to enhance learning.

    Course Description

    This activity provides health care educators with the skills needed to make use of current technology and social medial tools to support teaching and learning. Participants learn how to use technology to create learning environments and materials, filters to manage information overload and customize online searchable repositories. In short, the course teaches how to leverage Web 2.0 and social medial tools to create professional learning networks.

    This course will be organized around the following threads:

    • Asynchronous and online learning - Creating an eLearning module using an open source virtual learning environment - Moodle.
    • Classroom technology for interactive learning - Advanced PowerPoint, Audience Response Systems - use of classroom clickers vs. online ARS tools.
    • Managing information - Combat information over-load by creating filters and encoding digital information in external memory for easy search and retrieval- Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and Social Bookmarking and annotation.
    • Social Media, online communities of inquiry and social constructivism and connectivism - Google+ and Twitter.



    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 41.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

    Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

    Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

    *Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

    Disclaimer - CME activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

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