Session Title: Health Sciences Online: An Extraordinary Opportunity for the Democratization of Health Sciences Knowledge
Time & Date: 12:40 P.M. – 1:55 P.M., Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Location: Student Union Building (SUB) Partyroom
Session Description: Health Sciences Online (HSO) is a virtual learning center for comprehensive health professional education and training.
HSO includes web-accessible health sciences courses, reference libraries with textbooks, e-learning tools and collaboration spaces for person-to-person interaction. HSO is a portal providing free access to a comprehensive collection of top-quality courses and references in medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry and other health sciences disciplines. These materials are donated, hosted, and maintained by distinguished content partners, so health professionals in training and practice around the world can access a free, current, world-class education through the portal.
HSO’s primary target audience is health professionals in training and practice in developing countries. However, anyone anywhere in the world can access the materials through the portal. The site has been funded by the WHO’s Health InterNetwork, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University, the University of British Columbia, and the Ulrich and Ruth Frank Foundation for International Health.
HSO.info will be an extraordinary resource for family physicians around the world; this will be a chance to learn about its origins and uses.
Conference Stream: Open, Connected, & Social
Session Format: Poster Presentation
Presenter: Dr. Erica Frank
Presenter Bio: Dr. Erica Frank is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Frank is a Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health. Dr. Frank specializes in preventive medicine, and her research emphasizes the degree to which a clinician’s positive health habits influences patients’ positive health habits. Dr. Frank leads a virtual health sciences university (www.hso.info) that is the first free, authoritative, comprehensive, and ad-free collection of health reference materials, courseware, and other e-learning opportunities for health professionals in training and practice. Dr. Frank received her Medical Doctorate from Mercer University, completed her internship at the Cleveland Clinic, her preventive medicine residency at Yale, and her fellowship training in preventive medicine at Stanford University.