About this project
The problem we solve:
The doubling time of medical knowledge has decreased from 50 years in 1950 to 3.5 years in 2010, and is projected to be 0.2 years in 2020 (Densen). It is very difficult for practicing physicians and medical students to keep up with this knowledge as well as be inspired to add to it. Currently, we communicate research information mostly by research articles, but, even assuming all potential readers have access to the journals they wish to read, reading research articles is time-consuming and can be uninspiring. Using multimedia to communicate research ideas in a manner akin to TEDTalks has the potential to increase the breadth of research medical professionals are exposed to and familiarize the community at a research center about the research occurring there, in addition to being a good way for researchers to “market” their ideas to new audiences.
About our solution:
Have you ever been amazed by the accuracy of Amazon’s recommendations for you or the ability of a YouTube video to get you excited about a topic? These technologies are powerful, so why aren’t we using them in medicine? MedTalks seeks to change the way medical research is communicated by incorporating big data techniques and analytics. Researchers themselves create short videos explaining the work they’re doing, ensuring accuracy of content and providing the viewer with the inspiration behind the data. These videos are then posted to a website where viewers will be able to search for, like, and rate videos. Researcher contact information, as well as lists of researchers’ original articles will be easily accessible so, once inspired, viewers can learn more about the research described. Lastly, engagement with the website will be analyzed to learn more about best practices in communication and trends of interest in medical research.
Progress to date:
MedTalks is in its prototype stage. With a budget of $700, we have established a sustainable, efficient way to create videos, recorded pilot videos for seven researchers, and built a simple web interface at https://vandymedtalks.com. In addition to receiving interest from twenty-two more faculty members to record videos (four videos pending upload), we have recently met with the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology, the Diabetes Research Group, and the Office of Health Science Education, and have scheduled meetings with the Department of Radiology, the Palliative Care Group, and the director of Continuing Medical Education at Vanderbilt (who has suggested the possibility of offering CME credit for MedTalks). With IRB approval, we surveyed medical students and found that 97% of them would use MedTalks to become more familiar with research at their institution and 88% would use the website to find a research project.
About Our Team
Eszter Szentirmai, M.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Bio:
Dr. Eszter Szentirmai, M.D. is a recent Vanderbilt University School of Medicine graduate who will be beginning her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Vanderbilt in July. Her interests in technology and medical education led her to conceive of MedTalks, build a team to execute her vision, and create a prototype as a proof of concept at her home institution.
Resident Physician, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
About Team Members
Assistant Dean of Educational Design and Technology and Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Anderson Spickard, III, M.D., M.S. is Assistant Dean of Educational Design and Technology and Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Spickard is a practicing internist and Master Clinical Teacher at Vanderbilt; in addition, he plays a key role in mentoring students interested in education and technology. He has been a mentor for MedTalks since its inception in 2014.
Medical Student, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, B.S.
Brian Bingham, B.S. is a third year medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who plans to pursue a residency in Radiation Oncology. His passion for education and innovation led him to join the MedTalks team one year ago. He is currently leading the effort to use MedTalks as a way to enhance medical education. Raunak Pillai
Undergraduate student, Vanderbilt University, N/A
Raunak Pillai is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University with a major in Communications of Science and Technology who also plans to pursue medicine as a career. He became interested in MedTalks upon seeing the initial few pilot videos, and is currently leading the effort to develop best practices for communicating medical research using multimedia.