FAMILY MEDlClNE DIGITAL RESOURCES LIBRARY AND GLOBAL MEDICAL EDUCATION

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RP USATINE 1
1 University of Texas Health Science Centre, USA
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BACKGROUND: The Family Medicine Digital Resource Library (FMDRL) is a free online toolset for family doctors created by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. FMDRL went live online in 2005 supported by a grant from the US National Library of Medicine. Its mission is to support and enhance the sharing and collaborative development of educational resources among family medicine educators for all levels of family medicine education. FMDRL was created to provide a website for family physicians to collaborate on projects and share digital resources.
METHODS: FMDRL resources are analysed by using the categories established to index the database. We will report the most up-to-date information on the number of Conference Materials, Resources to Share, Peer Reviewed Resources and Works in Progress that exist on the web site. Topics and intended audience will be analyzed to determine user trends. Usability and impact data will be reported.
RESULTS: Family doctors have embraced FMDRL and have posted over 750 resources to this site in less than 2 years. Some resources have been downloaded hundreds of times by family doctors across the globe. PowerPoint presentations are the most common resource posted and many of these have been conference materials. The intended audience is broad with faculty as the most common learner type.
CONCLUSION: FMDRL has created a revolution in online sharing within Family Medicine education and faculty development. The design of the web site allows for easy analysis of the resources for reporting to global audiences.