North Shore-LIJ Ob-Gyn Launches First International Live Online Journal Club Platform

MANHASSET, NY – The first live video platform for medical professionals and trainees to discuss journal articles and patient best practices was used for the first time recently by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).  The technology for this platform was created by Steven Palter, MD, new media editor of Fertility and Sterility, fertility specialist and gynecology minimally invasive surgery fellowship co-director at North Shore University Hospital  in Manhasset.

“We are very excited about this new digital expansion of what has been a mainstay of medical research and education, now taken to the 21st century as a powerful new teaching tool for physicians and patients,” Dr. Palter said. The most recent online journal club featured physicians from the USA, Spain and India, all discussing advances in the medical literature in real time.

The first-of-its-kind platform, called Journal Club Live!™ , allows a journal article author to interact with medical educators, students and professionals through a real-time online video discussion about their articles. Journal Club Live!™ platform participants can submit questions through Twitter, a chat interface or the comment section on YouTube. During its inaugural session, several hundred people watched the video feed. With this platform, users from across the world can discuss best practices to improve care and learn the take away message of new research.  Before this kind of technology was available, journal clubs would take place in one department, in one location and offline.

“We’re working to transform how medical research and education is done,” Dr. Palter said.  “We’re making these journals more accessible and broadening the conversation about patient care best practices.  It opens people’s eyes when they hear different ways of doing things.” 

This platform helps health care professionals make quicker decisions about how to improve care, Dr. Palter explained. Various medical and natural science journals have inquired about using this technology.  This month in addition to an obstetrics/gynecology journal chat, there will be a video journal club about a urology article.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, which was founded in 1944, has 8,000 physicians, researchers, technicians, nurses and other health care professionals who work for the advancement of reproductive biology knowledge and expertise. Societies affiliated with the group include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.

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