Scientific American Resources from Decker
Better Education, Better Patient Care
Decker Intellectual Properties is partnered with Scientific American to provide quick and accurate clinical information, with databases in a variety of medical disciplines.
The rate of increase of medical knowledge places an enormous burden on physicians to keep up with recent advances, particularly in innovative therapies that will improve patient outcomes. Decker’s Scientific American products deliver content in an easily accessible format of current information that covers a practical clinical approach to the diagnosis, examination and treatment of common medical conditions that physicians face regularly. The burden of information overload today makes this initiative to join innovative technology with an ever-increasing demand of quick accurate clinical information a necessity, and Decker’s products satisfy that unfulfilled need.
Scientific American Specialties
These Scientific American products fill a unique role in medical education by providing reliable, up to date and innovative content for medical learners from MS3 clerks to PGY1-5 residents to practitioners needing CME and MOC. Please see the available Scientific American Weekly Curriculum specialties listed below.
In addition to content databases with a wealth of knowledge about each specialty, each of the products above offer tools for Residency or Clerkship Programs. Please contact STAT!Ref for customized solutions to fit your needs.
Weekly Curriculum is a weekly email-based curriculum testing trainees through clinical cases and board-styled MCQs keyed to essential elements in medical training. This dynamic online product also offers:
• Create a custom curriculum for Junior and Senior trainees
• Includes powerful tracking and management tools
• Personal logbooks for each trainee show progress, individual ranking amongst peers and other trainees nationally through advanced metrics
• Program Director’s logbooks equipped with quick and elaborate metrics for efficient evaluation of each trainee, including a Milestone Reporting framework designed for a semi-annual review of each resident’s performance and reporting to ACGME
• All topics and readings are associated with Medical Specialty Milestones, along with their competency codes Special ‘Soft Competency Weeks’ satisfy ACGME program requirements with focused lessons and readings, along with discussion questions and cases for group lectures
Click here for a handout about the Weekly Curriculum product.
A goal for Clerkship students is to link the clinical knowledge and skills to the content learned in their pre-clinical curriculum. Structurally, Clerkships are brief and limit the student’s exposure to clinical care. Learning in this environment of limited exposure is best achieved if students can generalize principles learned from one clinical situation to others they may not encounter directly. Scientific American Clerkship has the following features:
• Organization around core pathophysiologic topics/big ideas
• Within each topic/chapter, specific examples of diseases/problems illustrating the topic will be listed at the end of the chapter
• Links to sections of Scientific American content databases with more detail on these specific diseases/conditions are provided
• Chapters to address the skills of communication, professionalism and basic technical procedures
• All modules are step-by-step beautifully illustrated basic procedural skills tested of medical students during Clerkship
• Criteria for self and instructor assessment included with each topic
SABRe™ Board Exam Prep
Scientific American Board Review, or SABRe, is a part of Weekly Curriculum that provides a series of digital tools for testing residents and fellows as they prepare for their board examinations. SABRe provides the long-suffering resident with the perfect and most convenient means of measuring and honing knowledge in their specialty, with a singular focus on passing the written Boards.
Every program is unique and all residents learn differently. SABRe has custom settings for programs to train and prepare as they wish. In "Practice mode," exercises reveal correct and incorrect answers plus score tracking. "Exam mode" emulates the actual exam experience, hiding all correct and incorrect answers. Score tracker allows residents to mark questions "For Review.”
• Board-categorized tests focus on all sections
• Customizable account settings: take the tests and exams as a group or individually
• Program Directors can control the test settings for residents
SABRe comes with personal and private logbooks for each resident to track their progress, and see their scores broken down by category and topic. For the Program Director, the PDs Portal offers quick yet elaborate metrics reviewing individual scores and progress, as well as the "big picture."
Included in the Scientific American Weekly Curriculum platform, the Mentor Remediation tool allows Program Directors to assign focused readings and board-styled exercises for individual residents. They simply select a resident’s name and create a personal remediation curriculum by choosing a topic for each week. When a resident has completed a block of topics, Program Directors can create an MCQ Review, testing the knowledge of that resident in that particular area.
Both the resident and Program Director have access to remediation scores and progress through the advanced analytics in their logbooks. Reporting emails keep Program Directors informed on progress, and tracking metrics keep the resident engaged, guided and eager for improvement.
Teaching Slide Library
Included in Scientific American Weekly Curriculum, Teaching Slide Library is an easy to use and customizable presentation slide sets featuring graphics and images, including decision-making and procedural algorithms, illustrations, clinical photos, micrographs, tables, CT scans, MRI, charts and more. Teaching Slide Library is an ideal reference tool, available in readymade downloadable PowerPoint presentations.
Continuing Medical Education
Obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with a subscription to Scientific American Weekly Curriculum products and find out how easy it is to manage CME. Users can start and stop tests when they want, resume them later on, and retake them as often as they need. Upon successful completion, users are able to print out their CME certificate or manage the credits from their logbook and print the certificates later when they need them. The process is simple.
Best Vx/Rx™ or Best Dx/Rx™
Depending on the Scientific American Weekly Curriculum package purchased, included are either of the following: Best Vx/Rx is a point of care tool with video-enhanced modules that includes 30-60 second videos of patients displaying signs/symptoms, tests, diseases/disorders and case studies Best Dx/Rx is a point of care tool that offers modules on disorders derived from the patient care recommendations in Scientific American content databases.
More Scientific American Databases Coming Soon
Decker will publish 30 specialty databases, each unique, monthly updated handheld tools with Weekly Curriculum for trainees and CME and MOC for practitioners. Please see below for the family of Scientific American specialties coming in the months ahead.
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