EHR Clinical Learning Platform

Lightning in a Bottle: Changing Medical Education

Ball Lightning

Are we having a ball? Yes. Yes, we are.

Quick story. A phenomenon, known as ball lightning, still befuddles scientists. According to the great folks at National Geographic, ball lightning is “a small, charged sphere that floats, glows, and bounces along oblivious to the laws of gravity or physics, (which) still puzzles scientists.” Why am I talking about rare lightning strikes?

Well, we are still searching for some “ball lightning” in medical education using EHRs to improve the way students learn and grow their skills as providers during their training before that enter the workforce. My team and I know that with a little bit of luck, we can take our small, extremely charged community, and defy the laws of physics to make changes in medical education that will impact generations of future medical and allied health professions students.

SO, at the Regenstrief Institute, we are continuing that search to capture the proverbial lightning in a bottle with our EHR Clinical Learning Platform. My question is are you ready to join us in this adventure with your program? If you think you might be, first, ask yourself a question.

How would you use an EHR in your curriculum?

If that is a question that you’ve asked yourself at some point, or if you are just curious how other medical educators around the country are using an EHR in the classroom then you want to be at the #ChangeMedEd conference in Chicago in a few weeks.

Registration closes on August 31st.

To learn more, follow this link to the American Medical Associations website on the event.

Our own Dr. Blaine Takesue will be there presenting with Dr. Ken Lazarus (Indiana University School of Medicine) and Dr. Dustin Worth (University of Idaho).

Dr. Worth will share how he is using a teaching EMR with first-year medical students. What will he be sharing?

Topic: Novel means of enhancing active learning with an introduction of a teaching electronic medical record (tEMR) to first-year medical students. A cased-based scenario was modified for delivery within the Regenstrief tEMR, making the active learning environment more realistic as students were expected to order studies and treatment themselves, rather than simply interpreting what was presented to them.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify active learning opportunities within an existing case-based scenario
  • Modify the case for presentation within the teaching EMR
  • Use discrete questioning for teaching rather than testing

Does that sound like something that would be beneficial in your program? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Maybe you want to learn more about EHRs for medical students that are being used to teach Quality Health Delivery, Health Systems Science, and Public Health?

How about with Pharmacogenomics?

Dr. Takesue is going to be discussing the future of EHRs in the classroom on the topic of Pharmacogenomics. He will show you some of the cases IU and others have been working on in the learning platform. So, don’t miss this opportunity to network and discuss with other educators at ChangeMedEd the valuable impact that a real EHR, with real patients has for clinical learning within your curricula.

Please stop by the exhibitor area and say hello to Jeff and me. We would enjoy meeting you and hearing how you would use an EHR in your curricula.

Brian Stout

Can’t make it? Two simple ways to get started.
Schedule a demonstration or take it for a test drive today.

How would an EHR in your curriculum be valuable to you and your students? Please share in the comments below and enrich the community.

Grateful for every chance to connect,
Brian Stout
Sr. Product Manager – Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform
Regenstrief Institute – Clem McDonald Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI)

Brian Stout Product Manager



About the Author

Brian Stout is a senior leader in marketing and product at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. He is an authority on using EHRs in Medical and Allied Professions Education. He leads product and builds amazing learning platforms for one of the nation’s most seasoned (since 1972) and innovative electronic health records in the country. An advocate for learning and professional development, he is continuing his education with a Masters in Data Science from Indiana University. You can follow him on Twitter @TeachingEMR and LinkedIn or other social platforms under ThinkStout.