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    Informatics for Health Professionals is "an effective introduction to informatics"

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Jul 21, 2017 3:10:24 PM

    Informatics for Health Professionals by Kathleen Mastrian and Dee McGonigle recently received a 4-star review. David M. Liebovitz, MD, from the University of Chicago Medicine, writes for Doody's Review Service that it is,

    "…an effective introduction to informatics for a broad audience of allied health professionals. The pairing of the online site with the book…augments the high quality through reinforcing key concepts."

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    Topics: allied health, Health, informatics, Dee McGonigle, Doody's Review Service, health professionals, Kathleen Mastrian, Review

    Upcoming Webinar: Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals, Second Edition

    Posted by charlottes on Jul 31, 2015 11:44:44 AM

    Join us on Tuesday, August 4th, at 1 pm EST for a webinar demonstration of Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals, Second Edition. Learn more about instructor tools and customization options.

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    Topics: allied health, health professionals, Jahangir Moini, Navigate 2 Advantage Access, Webinar, Physiology, Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology

    Just Published: Patient Assessment in Pharmacy: A Culturally Competent

    Posted by charlottes on Oct 2, 2014 12:21:16 PM


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    Topics: allied health, New Edition, Author, health professionals, Navigate 2 Advantage Access, New Text, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical sciences, Yolanda M. Hardy, Patient Assessment in Pharmacy, Pharmacy Students

    A New High-tech Health Care Education Center Prepares Students for Careers

    Posted by Tory Jones on Jun 6, 2014 10:38:06 AM

    In January, Northern Essex Community College opened El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center in Lawrence to help health care students learn by simulating life-like health care and emergency situations.

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    Topics: allied health, education, health, health professionals, Health Professions, learning, Health care, simulated learning, technology center, allied health

    Just Published: Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique

    Posted by Tory Jones on Mar 19, 2014 11:57:10 AM

    Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Technique examines the current standards and best practices for sterile compounding, and the fundamentals of aseptic technique in an accessible manner to pharmacy and pharmacy technician students as well as to professionals.

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    Topics: allied health, Health, health administration, health professionals, Health Professions, New Text, Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician, Medication, Pharmaceutical sciences

    Employability: If You Don’t A.S.K., You Don’t G.E.T

    Posted by sharonb on May 6, 2013 3:00:31 AM

    When we speak to students about careers in health care management, we often talk about the perfect storm we now have of demand for services and the retirement of baby boomers, leaving our health care system with a void of skilled workers. In many of these conversations, we are so enthusiastic about the market and availability of jobs, we have a tendency to overlook the obvious: the field needs well-prepared graduates who are employable.

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    Topics: administration, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, health professionals, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Skills-based health education, employability

    Writing Competencies: Whose Responsibility Is It?

    Posted by sharonb on Jul 2, 2012 3:00:36 AM

    Over the past two decades, one of the oft repeated complaints  from colleagues is that our students don't know how to write. Here are some explanations I've heard.

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    Topics: administration, Author, Health Administration, health care management, health professionals, Sharon B. Buchbinder, writing competencies

    Teamwork in Online Courses: How Can We Encourage Effective Participation?

    Posted by sharonb on May 7, 2012 3:00:50 AM

    Why does the thought of teamwork assignments make entire classes of students and professors cringe? Despite years of research and numerous articles emphasizing the need for teamwork experiences in higher education, few instructors have been formally educated in methods to teach teamwork. There are even fewer courses devoted exclusively to teamwork, despite some excellent texts (Freshman, Rubino, & Chassiakos, 2009). Many of us stumble along, and, if we are lucky, find mentors who have years of experience in classroom teamwork assignments. I was fortunate to have colleagues who believed in the need for teamwork for our discipline, even when many other faculty members found it too frustrating to deal with.

    We shouldn't wait until people are in post-graduate programs to introduce them to applied teamwork (Nash, 2008; Newell, 1990). That road leads to disappointment. Habits of doing everything alone have been instilled and teaching teamwork must undo many of these "I can do it all" or "I should do it all" attitudes. Teamwork education must begin at the undergraduate level and continue through graduate school and beyond (Drake, Goldsmith, & Strachan, 2006; Lerner, Magrane, & Friedman, 2009). Once employed, our graduates will be judged by their supervisors and colleagues on their ability to be team players. In healthcare, lives literally depend on good teamwork (Sehgal, Fox, Vidyarthi, Sharpe, Gearhart, Bookwalter, Baker, Aldredge, Blegen, & Wachter, 2008).

    So, how can instructors encourage effective teamwork participation in the online environment? Here are some tried and true methods I have used you can apply to your courses.

    • Post a syllabus that explicitly addresses the value of teamwork and the rubrics by which students will be judged. Students want and deserve to know what they need to do to achieve their educational goals in a course. The proportion of their grade for the course related to teamwork should be meaningful. One to five percent of a course grade is not adequate to motivate students to actively engage in teamwork. A bare minimum of ten percent of the course grade should be assigned to the team projects. In addition, for teamwork, they should be judged by their peers, not only by the instructor. There are a number of teamwork rubrics; I happen to like the one I created with my colleagues (Buchbinder, Cox & Casciani, 2012, p. 374). The tool addresses key criteria for successful team players, including: attendance, preparation, collaboration and goal identification, active participation, open-mindedness and willingness to modify opinions, concise presentation of ideas, timely submission of assignments, respectful and considerate interactions with teammates, fulfillment of responsibilities and active work on achievement of group consensus. Used as an Excel file, students can easily total up the scores. Students are required to explain why they gave a teammate a score of under 3 or over 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.  They must also indicate whether they would work with this person again (Yes/No) (Buchbinder, Cox & Casciani, 2012, p. 374).
    • Establish ground rules for netiquette. Most universities have guidelines for student civility and for respectful online interaction with instructors and peers. Place these guidelines in your syllabus and separately in your online course, and make a point of referring students to these documents. If a student behaves inappropriately later on, he or she cannot claim ignorance.
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    Topics: administration, author, health administration, Health Administration, health care management, health professionals, Online Learning, Sharon B. Buchbinder, teamwork, Health care, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    Audio Program Nov 17th: WIHI & Health Literacy with Helen Osborne

    Posted by admin on Nov 11, 2011 7:55:12 AM

    Be sure to catch the next WIHI Audio Program
    Thurs, Nov 17, 2011, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET
    Health Literacy: New Skills for Health Professionals

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    Topics: New Edition, Author, Health literacy, health professionals, Public health management, Skills-based health education, WIHI, audio, Osborne

    Sense, Sensibility And Civility

    Posted by admin on Oct 13, 2009 11:19:34 AM

    Many years ago when I worked as an IV therapist, I was frequently assigned to draw blood or restart IVs on patients in the ICU, CCU, Burn Unit, Pediatric ICU, or the Neonatal Unit. Patients in these areas were often unable to speak, unconscious, or comatose.  Despite their inability to respond verbally to my presence and my invasion of their body with needles, I was trained to treat every person as if they were alert and able to understand what I was saying. It was the courteous thing to do.

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    Topics: allied health, public health education, health professionals, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professi, Liaison Committee on Medical Education, medical students, Public health management, residents, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Educatio, civility, communication skills, courtesy

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