Open.Michigan & Family Medicine: Update on a Thriving Partnership

Open.Michigan and the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine have been working together for over a year to publish a series of modules and videos on topics such as musculoskeletal exams, integrative medicine, and women’s health. Several subjects are still under development, including clinical procedures, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), joint injection, pain management, osteoporosis prevention, among others.

An image from the Complete Musculoskeletal Exam of the Knee YouTube video.

The education initiative has since expanded to include translations for captions that are available in English, Japanese, and Spanish (with more to come) for such videos as the Complete Musculoskeletal Knee Exam. Click on the closed captions (CC) icon to select the language.

Additionally, Philip Zazove, M.D., the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine, professor, recently spoke about the significant impact of these efforts to a wide audience that includes chairs of family medicine from around the country, residency program alumni, and donors about the impact the units have on high-quality physician training.

The collaboration has been extended to include presentations. The Department of Family Medicine has a pilot project to make available select Grand Rounds lectures via webcast. Since the goal is to eventually share these with the public, lead faculty member, Elizabeth A. Jones, M.D., lecturer, worked with experts from Open.Michigan to learn about the proper use of images. In turn, Dr. Jones presented to the Department of Family Medicine faculty about how to license their own work, find Creative Commons licensed images, and how to correctly attribute those images.

Future enterprises are also being discussed; check back to see the progress. This has most certainly been an exciting relationship, and one that has flourished.

Learn more:

  • Open.Michigan is part of the Office of Enabling Technologies, a unit within the University of Michigan Medical School Information Services organization, that encourages researchers, learners, and instructors to maximize the impact and reach of their scholarly work through open sharing.
  • The Department of Family Medicine is also part of the U-M Medical School, and is celebrating their 35th year of working to meet the needs of patients, and serving as a model for primary care education and research.