The development of 2008 MedEdPORTAL Online Training Workshop



Today I had the pleasure of participating as an online attendee in the Online Training Workshop organized by MedEdPORTAL  team of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


“MedEdPORTAL is a free online publication service launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that offers peer reviewed dissemination of high quality medical education teaching resources, while also providing a valuable venue for medical educators and faculty to publish educational resources which have undergone the rigors of a scholarly peer-review. Examples of MedEdPORTAL publications include tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials, etc.  MedEdPORTAL published resources are available for free to educators, administrators, students, and the general public around the globe.


MedEdPORTAL is being utilized by all 143 US and Canadian AAMC member medical schools and over 1,000 teaching hospitals, international schools, and other health education institutions in over 20 different countries.  MedEdPORTAL is receiving on average 1-2 new submissions per day and has received over 1,000 submissions thus far.” (MedEdPortal site)



Today seminar had around 60 participants on line.



The seminar had a preparatory phase, in which the organizers sent through email a Training Booklet with information about MedEdPortal, including the main topics that were going to be discussed in the workshop. We received also technical information about how to participate in the workshop.



The Workshop had a Web Portion, that required that we download Microsoft Office Live meeting (in fact, it was possible to use a Web-based program, so it was necessary to download it if you don’t want) and an Audio Portion, that was met through a phone call to a toll free number (it used Premier Global Teleconferencing).



The main topics discussed in the workshop included:



– Educational Scholarship


– Intellectual property






The use of Creative Common licenses


– Peer Review Process:


analysis of the process of submitting papers 


role of the reviewers.



After the presentation, there was a session of questions and answers.


In general, the Workshop was very organized, the technical part was easy to handle even for person with limited computer abilities (like myself), and the content was relevant to all of us who are interested in using this resource.



  For more information about MedEdPORTAL please visit




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