E-Learning in Medical Education SIG

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SIG Description

E-Learning is defined as any type of learning that is enabled or delivered to learners by Internets and Intranets or other types of computer networks. In recent years e-Learning environments have begun to incorporate web technology platforms to provide a simple and time flexible instructional delivery mode. The transition to online distance learning is creating a paradigm shift in the way health care professionals deliver instruction. Training is needed for the development of computer-based, alternative methods of course delivery and communication in medical education. The goal of the SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education is to help and encourage healthcare professionals to adopt new instructional delivery modes, to supplement or replace more traditional educational formats, and to identify teaching strategies that are time effective for their busy schedules. The SIG will also assist physicians and other healthcare professionals to select the best online teaching techniques, redesign their content and curriculum, incorporate self-directed, student-centered learning, and more effectively use computers to meet their learning objectives.

Mission and Vision

The SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education is a forum for medical educators with an interest in the use of e-Learning to support teaching and learning. With support from the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) this SIG is an opportunity for APA members to network, share ideas, resources, and experiences in the development and use of e-Learning in medical education. The SIG will enable members to keep up to date with national e-Learning initiatives and potential funding opportunities as well as provide support for help and advice to effectively design, develop, teach and evaluate online courses. Annual meetings will take place at the PAS annual conference, and on-demand meetings will be conducted online using available technologies.


Objectives of the SIG for e-Learning in Medical Education are to:

  • Provide expertise and training to medical educators to effectively design, develop, teach and evaluate online courses, as well as to convert existing teaching materials into a format appropriate for e-Learning.
  • Educate APA members/healthcare professionals transition from traditional methodologies to student-centered, interactive online learning through conference workshops and meetings.
  • Encourage healthcare professionals to take advantage of the benefits of a digital world.
  • Establish a sustainable and expanding e-Learning network of medical educators to share knowledge and experience and showcase innovative practice and development.
  • Share latest developments, e-Learning technologies and ideas on the e-Learning SIG listserv.
  • Participate in educational activities to establish a common baseline understanding of e-Learning technologies and applications.
  • Establish best practice standards for the development of new online learning modules and encourage research to examine the effectiveness of e-Learning.
  • Keep abreast of current online programs and review national and international developments in e-learning.

July 2016 Newsletter Article


We had a very successful e-Learning SIG meeting at the PAS 2016 in Baltimore. We had over 50 attendees with a follow-up meeting at the PAS to discuss the future direction of the SIG. Following some welcoming remarks, attendees were presented with four dynamic presentations.

Kadriye Lewis Ed.D presented how can we use behavioral data from academic technologies and other conventional data sources to improve learner achievement. Dr. Lewis also discussed how can learning analytics fit in medical education in the concept of instructional design, and assessment of learning.
Traci Wolbrink MD presented how is serious gaming utilized in medical education as well as discussed what are the key features that make serious gaming especially appealing to adult learners.
Jacqueline Walker MD demonstrated how ePortfolios are used to support professional development in medical practice.

Jeffrey Sestokas M. Ed discussed how does one use various open source e-Learning plugins for incentivizing, gamifying, and informing learners within an open source learning management system.

Changes in e-Learning SIG in Medical Education
It has been over nine years since Dr. Kadriye O. Lewis has started the E-Learning in Medical Education Special Interest Group (SIG) for the members of Academic Pediatrics Association. She has remained an important advisor for this group. We are excited to nominate as the third Co-Chair of the SIG Jeff Sestokas M.Ed from Children's National. Jeff has vast experience in instructional systems design and technology and has been well versed in developing simulation exercise training applications.
We are excited to keep the momentum going beyond the meeting and help participants actively engage in the e-learning network of medical educators. In the coming weeks, we plan to introduce the following initiatives:

  • Webinars showcasing innovative developments in the area of technology enhanced education
  • Teleconferencing to discuss collaborative SIG scholarly projects
  • A listserve that will facilitate the communication amongst members of the SIG

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e-Learning Resources
About e-Learning



The Rapid e-Learning Blog

Online Journals
The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

Online journal of Distance Learning Administration

BMJ Journal

Medical Education Online (MEO)

Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)

The Internet Journal of Pathology

Annals of Internal Medicine

Innovate: Journal of Online Education

The Journal of Educators Online (JEO)

The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)

Dermatology Online Journal

Events and Conferences:
The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

Policy and Guidelines
The Importance of Policies in E-Learning Instruction

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Michal Cidon, MD
700 Welch Rd, Suite 301
Stanford, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 723-8295

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH
987 South St
Roslindale, MA 02131
Phone: (617) 355-7327



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