Beginning this month, I-TECH is inaugurating a new series of free online e-learning modules designed to advance the knowledge and skills of clinicians practicing in resource-limited settings.
The I-TECH Clinical Education Modules are short, self-contained e-learning modules that will be released on the third Tuesday of each month, and be available online for at least one year after their release. The modules are designed to be appropriate both for self-study and for use as the centerpiece of an hour-long classroom training, and can be downloaded in advance for use in settings where internet bandwidth is limited or sporadic.
Each module consists of:
- An expert lecture, illustrated by images and graphics
- A short interactive online quiz to reinforce the key learning points, and
- A PDF learning guide to help structure an effective classroom session or accommodate self-study
“Across I-TECH’s global work, we have seen that many clinicians lack access to ongoing professional development, and the kind of cutting-edge lectures we take for granted in American research universities,” says Dr. Chris Behrens, who serves as the series’ medical editor. “These modules will makes that kind of expert presentation available online, for free, in a format targeted specifically to the experience and needs of clinicians working in resource-constrained settings.”
The first module, a 38-minute presentation by Dr. Chris Behrens called HIV/TB Co-Infection: Initial Management, is focused on the implications of recent research studies on the topic of when to initiate HIV antiretroviral therapy in TB co-infected patients.