Medicine in the Digital Age

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Medicine is in the midst of a shift never before seen. Information and technology are advancing at rates faster than our ability to adapt. These changes, along with social forces such as the health 2.0 movement, are redefining the role of the doctor and patient. This course offers participants an engaging, never-before-seen view of medicine and healthcare. 

"Medicine in the Digital Age" features in-depth interviews with thought leaders in digital health, including:

Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine (2012) and The Patient Will See You Now (2015) 
Dr. Roni Zeiger, former Chief Health Strategist for Google and CEO and Co-founder of Smart Patients 
Dr. Peter Killoran, Biomedical informatics and EHR usability expert
Fred Trotter, Data Journalist and Author of ​Meaningful Use​ and Beyond (2011) 
Dr. David Wetter, Director of Innovation for Behavioral Health on Mobile Data to Knowle...

Medicine is in the midst of a shift never before seen. Information and technology are advancing at rates faster than our ability to adapt. These changes, along with social forces such as the health 2.0 movement, are redefining the role of the doctor and patient. This course offers participants an engaging, never-before-seen view of medicine and healthcare. 

"Medicine in the Digital Age" features in-depth interviews with thought leaders in digital health, including:

Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine (2012) and The Patient Will See You Now (2015) 
Dr. Roni Zeiger, former Chief Health Strategist for Google and CEO and Co-founder of Smart Patients 
Dr. Peter Killoran, Biomedical informatics and EHR usability expert
Fred Trotter, Data Journalist and Author of ​Meaningful Use​ and Beyond (2011) 
Dr. David Wetter, Director of Innovation for Behavioral Health on Mobile Data to Knowledge (MD2K) center, for NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative 

The course is intended for a general audience and is relevant to anyone working or interested in the emerging healthcare environment. At the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge to successfully engage with the future of digital medicine. 

Medicine in the Digital Age maps out the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in the networked age. We will explore the role of social media in healthcare communication, the uses of wearable technologies, the potential for big data to reshape health behaviors, the ethics of personalized medicine, and the impact of these new developments on the doctor-patient relationship. Participants will gain an understanding of the connected health revolution and tools to critically analyze this evolving ecosystem. Medicine in the Digital Age will launch a fresh conversation about what the future of medicine should be, and how we should get there. Join us!

What background is required to participate in this course?
No specific background is required for this course, but it is aimed at professionals who have (or would like to have) some amount of decision-making capability in their organization. This course is for leaders and aspiring leaders in healthcare and allied sectors including telecommunications, health insurance, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, device manufacturing, policy and government, investment, consulting and innovation.

Is this course part of a series?
Not yet, but watch for future announcements!

Can I still enroll if the course has started?
Yes, but look for additional announcements from course staff about assessments that will need to be completed to qualify for the RiceX Certificate.

What types of certificates does RiceX offer?
Upon successful completion of RiceX courses, learners will be awarded a RiceX Certificate from Rice University.

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Earning a certificate is determined by the individual course. Generally, learners must complete all course requirements at a level pre-determined by the course instructor to earn a certificate.

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There is no limit on the number of times you can enroll in RiceX courses. Many of RiceX courses are offered on a routine basis and you will be able to enroll in the next offering.

How can I earn a certificate for the series?
Some RiceX courses are part of a series. Usually you can enroll in just one course or the entire series.  Often you do not have to decide to complete the full series when you begin. Participants can earn a series certificate if they satisfactorily fulfill the requirements for completing the series.

What happens after I sign up?
Once you have registered and paid for a course, you will receive a confirmation email from RiceX.

What time is the class?'
Courses materials are available 24 hours a day once the course has officially opened.  Some courses include live webcasts with instructors scheduled at a specific time. The webcasts are recorded and available to participants who are not able to join.  

What if I have a question or concern for the instructor?
You will be part of a dynamic global learning community of fellow professional participants available 24-7 to help within the framework of the honor code. Course engagement managers monitor the discussion forum and can address your questions or forward to the instructor.

How can I meet/find other course participants?
Every RiceX course includes a Participant Discussion Forum where you can interact with other participating professionals. The Forum is guided by an honor code. You can also connect through Google+ Hangouts and interactive activities like live webcasts that may be included in a course.

Is there an exam at the end?
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Clifford Groen

2/10 starsDropped
6 years ago
I enrolled in this course. In the first week, I learned that Twitter is used for the quizzes. I do not use Twitter due to my security and privacy concerns. So, I unrolled from this course.
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ADITYA SINGHA

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
i will be as honest as i can so that this review can be a genuine of its type. this is my first course from Rice University on Edx but i have loved the way they presented and executed the course so in future if any other course of my criteria is further provided by them i will definitely enroll in it. about our instructor i will say one thing that both of them have increased by will to explore further in this field. i have tried my best to deliver the best result. One important thing that i liked the most is pear assignment. Being a student it prepares me to judge over someone else work in future. I really liked that concept as it was the first to be done in any course i have taken so far on edx. thanks to the whole team for such an wonderful experience.
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Pengguang Wu

10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 4 months ago
This course offers excellent discussions about digital health. Dr.V is one of my favorite doctors who tweet. He seems to be very active in using digital technologies and at the same time very mindful about what are needed for doctors to be successful in this new era. Dr. Ostherr gave straight talks about pros and cons of digital health. Their guest interview videos provided additional insights about this topic. If there is anything I wish they would add in the future version, that would be some point-counterpoint videos. For examples, fans of Apple HealthKit, Consumer genetic test, or Dr. Watson talk about their respective topics and Prof. Ostherr or Prof. Vartabedian give them a more objective assessment.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
This course filled in a lot of gaps for me. I thought I already knew a lot, but the amount of new information I learned was truly awesome. I was so impressed with the organization of the material, the quality of the readings, and the experience and insights of the instructors. Although a casual student could invest no more than two or three hours per week and still gain much from this curriculum, I put in about eight hours per week and could have put in much more if I followed all the links and read all the discussion threads. There is so much to learn in this field since it is growing rapidly and, like social media, it is heavily networked. The discussion threads were difficult to follow and I never had time to figure out how to mark comments of interest. This needs to be explained more clearly in the course materials. I felt as if my comments were lost among thousands of others. I could have benefited more if there were an easier w... This course filled in a lot of gaps for me. I thought I already knew a lot, but the amount of new information I learned was truly awesome. I was so impressed with the organization of the material, the quality of the readings, and the experience and insights of the instructors. Although a casual student could invest no more than two or three hours per week and still gain much from this curriculum, I put in about eight hours per week and could have put in much more if I followed all the links and read all the discussion threads. There is so much to learn in this field since it is growing rapidly and, like social media, it is heavily networked. The discussion threads were difficult to follow and I never had time to figure out how to mark comments of interest. This needs to be explained more clearly in the course materials. I felt as if my comments were lost among thousands of others. I could have benefited more if there were an easier way to create conversation opportunities for very serious students. I got some great information and feedback on twitter. Even started an email correspondence with someone in Jordan who wants to use my ideas to start a clinic for women with disabilities. I arranged for one of my colleagues to meet him in person. We are thrilled! There was a lack of information about the role of digital technology and disability. This was particularly blatant in attributing the origins of the e-patient movement to Act-UP. Disability organizations had used these strategies 50 years earlier. The edX platform was about 70 percent effective with several technical problems. Two days before the course ended, I discovered that none of my activities for the first half of the course had been credited to me so I had to redo them. The program never did record any of my homework activities. It's a big mystery why the blue button on the discussion pages even exists if we are not supposed to use it! I was so inspired by what I learned from this course that I would like to write a grant proposal to examine e-patient concepts and wearable technology usage among people with spinal cord injury. It would be great to collaborate with people involved in this MOOC, if only I could figure out how to contact them directly! I would like very much to continue along this learning path and hope the instructors will maintain contact with us about upcoming opportunities.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
Very good content. Great instructors, very didatical and critical. A must have! Very easy to accomplish. Quick quizzies and an easy final project.
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Trim Lajqi

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Great course, if I could say the course of time. I suggest it to all medical persons and people. You may benefit from it, in both your knowledge and health resource.
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Shannon Jacobs

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Content was pretty good. For a web-based course, it was pretty heavy on the readings, but they were interesting. Not quite interesting enough to get all the time they deserved, but still informative and educational. I thought the instructors were good, though some of her videos were a bit on the flat, pedantic side. EdX as a provider continues to disappoint me, especially for the Discussion Forums. This course also relied pretty heavily on peer-based assessment, and EdX needs some work there, too. In general I think the EdX courses should be broken into smaller chunks with guidance to watching just the most relevant and interesting videos, optimally one-on-one videos of a teacher explaining a teaching point to a student whose ignorance and motivation is similar to mine. (Another platform complaint? Was the review posted? No feedback here. Pretty sure it was NOT being posted, but I think I finally figured out the problem in the EdX st... Content was pretty good. For a web-based course, it was pretty heavy on the readings, but they were interesting. Not quite interesting enough to get all the time they deserved, but still informative and educational. I thought the instructors were good, though some of her videos were a bit on the flat, pedantic side. EdX as a provider continues to disappoint me, especially for the Discussion Forums. This course also relied pretty heavily on peer-based assessment, and EdX needs some work there, too. In general I think the EdX courses should be broken into smaller chunks with guidance to watching just the most relevant and interesting videos, optimally one-on-one videos of a teacher explaining a teaching point to a student whose ignorance and motivation is similar to mine. (Another platform complaint? Was the review posted? No feedback here. Pretty sure it was NOT being posted, but I think I finally figured out the problem in the EdX status... It couldn't login from there?)
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Rholu Augusto

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Excellent delivery of the lessons and the design of this website is also excellent. I have been delighted with the Final Project. I suggest you accept Western Union pay or PayPal because there are students here who don't have credit cards.
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María Gabriela Orellana

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
I really liked how Dr. Vartabedian explained his content, specially in the 3rd week. I really enjoyed this course and how both instructors explained the relationship between Twitter and Digital Medicine. Also I started to track my heart rate because of this course. Thanks for giving us this opportunity.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The course content was comprehensive and eye-opening. I didn't realize technology was impacting medicine as much as it actually is! The instructors have a super mastery of the substance of the course and their presentation was excellent. The provider also did a good job. Thumbs up!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The course content was accurate and brief, the instructors are supped, the providers are too much and excellent. In fact I have love and did enjoyed the course and gain more experience especially the peer assessment, what a great experience there!!!!!.
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Vivian Tung

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
It is a very well-organized course and I had fun learning. This course gave me the opportunity to read a lot of fun material and articles and there is a very tight interaction between the TA and classmates which at some point, it doesn't seem like an online course. This course encouraged me to think critically from different perspective of different stakeholders. I also enjoyed peer-reviewing the final assignment.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
It is a very well-organized course and I had fun learning. This course gave me the opportunity to read a lot of fun material and articles and there is a very tight interaction between the TA and classmates which at some point, it doesn't seem like an online course. This course encouraged me to think critically from different perspective of different stakeholders. I also enjoyed peer-reviewing the final assignment.
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Armand Rodriguez

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Excellent and interesting course. Timely and very well written and well researched lectures. I've already implemented a few things I learned in this course. Well worth the time.
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Melissa Benito

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
This course has provided me with very interesting insight on a current topic. Nowadays, everything, including Medicine, has to adapt itself to face the digital world. The professors have a long trajectory in the field and the material is easy to follow, interesting, and enjoyable. I recommend this course.
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Edgardo Olvera Lopez

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Just by reading the name of the course I was already interested in it. Lectures and suggested readings are great, concise and to the point. Also, week's concepts and summaries are great tools to keep the information in top of your head.
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Rakesh Perani

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Overall, the course was insightful but at times too general. I guess it depends on your background and education. I wanted to see more detailed digital medicine trends and more specific problems. Also, it would have been nice to learn of more cutting edge companies that addressing these problems.
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Heath Port

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
I found this course to be very informative and engaging. Engagement can be tough to achieve with an online course, but with a great mix of discussion forum activity, expert interviews and live chats I felt that a good balance was struck to reach out to students rather than just broadcasting information. I was also impressed with the level of interaction instructors and staff put into areas like the discussion forums and twitter feeds. This showed a level of commitment from the staff that kept me drawn in each week. They could have easily 'phoned it in' but didn't. The course material was solid for an overview course such as this topic covers and I will be very interested to see what deep dive course follow this topic. Well done!
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Haroon Marikar

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Awesome is the word for everything . My first experience with online learning it was really awesome . enjoyed the instructors . Easy to understand . also peer assessment .
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Samer Moussa

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The instructors, the TA's were fantastic. The way the videos were set up did not make it boring one bit. I work full time and some more, and I still enjoyed this course thoroughly while learning a lot. Thank you!
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Stephanie Zhao

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
This was my first online class from Rice on edX. The content was organized in a manner that was easy to understand and navigate, the grading and expectations were very clear, and the instructors did a very nice job explaining the material and working with students if they had problems. I learned a lot from this course and would highly recommend it to anyone, not just those interested in medicine, because a lot of the things that were discussed are things that everyone should know about.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
A thought-provoking and engaging look at the impact that the Internet and various digital technologies have had on the practice of medicine. The perspective is very US-centric, but this is unsurprising as it is being offered by a US university. The long form interviews with external experts were particularly engaging. The only real negative was with respect to the edX platform for interactive discussion. Many people never did figure that one out. Overall, well worth the time invested.
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Margaret Mulley

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The course provided a good historical context for advances in digital medicine. Instructors were knowledgeable and articulate. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to think about health and health care.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
I am grateful coming across this course.It is an excellent program and also an eye opener. Now I can tweet and knowing more about medicine in the digital which I never mindful for before. The materials and exercise serve as great reminder to look back into them in order to stand out and confidently talk about it. Dr. Ostherr and Dr.Vartabedian did excellently. They are well experience and expose.They gave from their wealth knowledge without reserve. Edx has been a well established Organization with her academics outreach to many scholars and non scholars. Her interface, tools and resources are technologically excellent.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
This is a phenomenal course which provides a comprehensive overview of the topic, designed to meet the learning needs of students from beginners to advanced. It provides both fundamental background information, as well as practice in the use of social media for all stakeholders, providing a voice and dialogue for all learners. Drs. Ostherr and Vartabedian have done a marvelous job creating a dynamic course chock full of useful information and resources which will likely serve as a foundation for future academic and developmental efforts in this area. The only caveat is that the focus is too "physician centric", which is antithetical to the realities of health care and practice of medicine. A more inclusive and real world approach would incorporate the health care team as a functional unit, which needs to evolve concomitantly with digital technology. Despite this, interviews with Dr. Ronnie Zeiger, as well as others, provide intere... This is a phenomenal course which provides a comprehensive overview of the topic, designed to meet the learning needs of students from beginners to advanced. It provides both fundamental background information, as well as practice in the use of social media for all stakeholders, providing a voice and dialogue for all learners. Drs. Ostherr and Vartabedian have done a marvelous job creating a dynamic course chock full of useful information and resources which will likely serve as a foundation for future academic and developmental efforts in this area. The only caveat is that the focus is too "physician centric", which is antithetical to the realities of health care and practice of medicine. A more inclusive and real world approach would incorporate the health care team as a functional unit, which needs to evolve concomitantly with digital technology. Despite this, interviews with Dr. Ronnie Zeiger, as well as others, provide interesting, reflective, and real world positions on the role of physicians, patients and all stakeholders. I highly recommend this course to any and all providers, patients, families, educators, researchers and health care social media aspirants, as it's truly a "one of a kind" experience. Thank you for the opportunity to share and learn!
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Vince Schappell

9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
This course met my expectations. Both instructors gave meaningful and enlightening video lectures throughout the course. I also felt the reading materials were beneficial. In my opinion, however, please do away with the peer assessments for the finals or reassign it with a much lower value to the final grade. It's a mathematical disaster waiting to happen. Medicine in the digital age is most definitely a brave new world.
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Helen Way

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. This is the second MOOC I have undertaken. The first with another provider was very good and of a high level . However this course is at a different level again. The instructors/ facilitators, course content and the different methods and media used were outstanding. I think my colleagues in work are fed up of me mentioning what I have learnt and how interesting the speakers, topics and discussions are. I have certainly recommended the course to colleagues. Throughout the course there was excellent communication via twitter and e mail to keep participants updated and supported. The only minor areas I found problematic were the discussion board which was not particularly intuitive to use and perhaps in the future there could be less focus on USA facts and figures in the quiz questions. Although I appreciate the majority of participants were probably from USA and the information was therefore more... I thoroughly enjoyed the course. This is the second MOOC I have undertaken. The first with another provider was very good and of a high level . However this course is at a different level again. The instructors/ facilitators, course content and the different methods and media used were outstanding. I think my colleagues in work are fed up of me mentioning what I have learnt and how interesting the speakers, topics and discussions are. I have certainly recommended the course to colleagues. Throughout the course there was excellent communication via twitter and e mail to keep participants updated and supported. The only minor areas I found problematic were the discussion board which was not particularly intuitive to use and perhaps in the future there could be less focus on USA facts and figures in the quiz questions. Although I appreciate the majority of participants were probably from USA and the information was therefore more relevant to them. Overall though the whole experience has been extremely positive and the whole team are to be congratulated for delivering such a high standard in terms of content, delivery and engagement when I am sure there are times it must have been stressful for you all. Thank – you to all the team, I will certainly look out for any future programmes you develop and deliver. I hope you’ve organized a night out to celebrate the end of the course as you certainly deserve one! Best wishes Helen
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Stimulating and Attentive. This course has provided me with the new trends and their implications not only to medicine but also peoples’ behavior/attitude in the US. Although the social situation is different in Japan and might take a different direction, I have learned a lot by well organized course design with resourceful material and appropriate instructions.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
This course was incredibly well done. While some of the assignments and quizzes were a little 'light', the overall impact of the course was quite significant. Every aspect of the program was clearly well thought out and designed with precise care. Having straddled both the tech world and the medical world, I am impressed with how effectively these instructors managed to create a properly transformative learning experience. I walked away having some knowledge reinforced, but also having learned some new critical insights to help me in my ongoing career. The course is brief, and could have easily taken several more weeks to explore the issues more deeply. However, the true intent of the course was to introduce students to the concepts and to provoke an appetite for more. Job well done. My only touch of feedback is that it may have been unnecessary to ask participants to refrain from using the blue button for "New Posts", i... This course was incredibly well done. While some of the assignments and quizzes were a little 'light', the overall impact of the course was quite significant. Every aspect of the program was clearly well thought out and designed with precise care. Having straddled both the tech world and the medical world, I am impressed with how effectively these instructors managed to create a properly transformative learning experience. I walked away having some knowledge reinforced, but also having learned some new critical insights to help me in my ongoing career. The course is brief, and could have easily taken several more weeks to explore the issues more deeply. However, the true intent of the course was to introduce students to the concepts and to provoke an appetite for more. Job well done. My only touch of feedback is that it may have been unnecessary to ask participants to refrain from using the blue button for "New Posts", instead requiring them to Show Discussion then "Add Response". It made for a difficult scrolling experience to sift through previously read postings to find the new ones. With the abundance of students, it would have been fine to allow each student to post their own New Entry into the Discussion thread and allow the crowd-sourcing force the better entries to the top. By forcing students to add entries to a lengthy discourse, it diffused the discussion opportunities and discouraged me from diving into conversations, as I could not re-locate my past contributions or the contributions of fellow students that I enjoyed reading easily. Ultimately - this is a small, cosmetic nugget of feedback. Anyone with active interest in medicine, social media, technology and education should absolutely participate in this course - it's time well-spent! Kudos to all who made it happen. Kudos to all the students who actively contributed to the discussions, I learned a great deal from you as well!
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Rita Offor

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
Well organized and rich content, outstanding instructors and a wonderful platform. I recommend it for everyone whether or not in the medical profession.
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