Web-based technologies bring the possibility of sharing large amount of targeted information, enhancing how both patients and providers learn about ophthalmic disease.
Electronic health (eHealth) innovations use technology to improve health care delivery. We can now leverage technology to individualize and personalize the way in which we provide education. Our faculty at Kellogg are creating content for patients, ophthalmic staff, resident and fellow trainees and both primary care doctors and ophthalmologists through various novel modalities. These resources serve multiple missions: 1) to educate the next generation of physicians, 2) to educate professional and para-professional eye care providers and 3) to provide patients with the resources to collaborate effectively in managing their chronic eye disease.
Medical Student Education
Dr. Kaplan has worked with Dr. Emara and CJ Pollack Rundle, COMT, to create a course to train medical students to help at our Kellogg outreach program to provide ophthalmic care for uninsured patients in our community though our collaboration with the Hope Clinic. Medical students learn how to auto-refract, use the lensometer to measure glasses, check vision and record all of their findings in the medical record. The medical students who complete the program commit to serving this population for at least seven Saturday clinics during their time in medical school.
Resident and Fellow Trainee Education
Elizabeth Du, MD, has created the Coursera course Introduction to Cataract Surgery. She created this course for our Kellogg residents, but it is now publicly available through Coursera, a web-based organization that offers free online courses on a wide variety of subjects.
Primary Care Provider Education
Thiran Jayasundera, MD, Christopher Gappy, MD, and genetic counselor Dana Schlegel work with residents, fellows, and faculty discussants to send out weekly summaries of the Kellogg Eye Center Grand Rounds in the form of an “e-blast.” The goal of this initiative is to promote education and discussion about hot topics and unique cases among ophthalmologists around the world. Subscribe to the Kellogg Eye Center Grand Rounds email list to have our most interesting cases, presented at our weekly grand rounds, delivered to your inbox.
Paula Anne Newman-Casey, MD, MS, has worked with Gale Oren, Associate Librarian of the Henderson Library at the Kellogg Eye Center, to create educational handouts for patients on over 300 eye disease topics. Many of these handouts also have links to web sites that provide high quality additional information. These educational handouts on eye disease can be downloaded from the University of Michigan Patient Education Clearinghouse.
- Pediatric Support Group for Parents and Families of Children with Eye Disease and Visual Impairment
Brenda Bohnsack, MD, PhD, founded a support group that brings together families of children who are living with eye disease and visual impairment.
- Living with Low Vision
Donna Wicker, OD, helps run a support group for patient who live with low vision. The group meets monthly.