The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, through its International Relations Institute, and in partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Integrated Media Services, launched an eHealth Distance Learning Portal on August 1 to encourage global collaborations.
The portal, supported by Northwestern Medicine’s Global Health Initiative Fund, will disseminate vital information in cancer education, surgery, grand rounds, research lectures and more, to benefit the Northwestern community and institutional partners worldwide.
“We are excited by the launch of the eHealth Distance Learning Portal, which will provide archived lectures and technical demonstrations of surgical procedures from Northwestern faculty and those participating in Northwestern Symposia to the broader Northwestern community and associated medical institutions around the world,” said William Gradishar, MD, deputy director for the Lurie Cancer Center-Clinical Network, Betsy Bramsen Professorship of Breast Oncology and professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. “A broad array of topics are represented, and it is anticipated that the contents of the portal will continually expand.”
Gradishar led this initiative with other Lurie Cancer Center members Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research and professor of Urology and Pathology, and Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, chief of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Abdulkadir and Hou lead the Lurie Cancer Center’s Global Health initiatives, coordinating and expanding global partnerships and facilitating the global research efforts of its members.
The goal of the Lurie Cancer Center’s International Relations Institute is to promote cancer care education, use eHealth technology as an educational tool and increase outreach to global partners. An ongoing collection of diverse learning materials will be deposited through the portal into a digital library, from all medical fields including cancer. The password accessible library will grow over time and content will be shared, upon request, across the globe.
The Lurie Cancer Center, through Integrated Media Services, plans to send content alerts on a regular basis as the distance learning digital library grows. Currently, the digital library houses nearly 100 different lectures, grand rounds and presentations.
If you would like to have access to this portal, or if you have ideas about materials or institutional partners to add to the distance learning library, please email Frank Schleicher, director of Feinberg’s Integrated Media Services.