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The course includes steps that healthcare workers can take when resources are lacking. For example, doctors describe how to diagnose shock without ultrasound equipment: by measuring pulse and blood pressure and checking the warmth of the feet and hands, among other techniques. They also recommend that practitioners consider testing for tuberculosis, malaria and other illnesses if they are common in their country.

In videos, patients and caregivers are often represented by simple drawings; sometimes the patient is depicted more realistically in black and white, with generic features that do not suggest any specific ethnicity.

“We designed it to be as universally applicable as possible,” said Aarti Porwalgeneral manager of the Stanford Health Education Center. “When learners don’t relate to the people in a training video, they feel like the lessons don’t apply to them.”

The course is currently only offered in English, but its developers are already working on a Spanish translation, with more to follow, Porwal said.

“We have built a broad coalition”

Strehlow said work on the course began in late March. Dozens of his Stanford colleagues – as well as other doctors in Uganda and the United States – volunteered their time to develop the course and narrate the lectures. DIGITAL MEDICINEthe Digital Medical Education International Collaborative, is an initiative of the Stanford Center for Health Education that provided illustrators, designers, producers, and expertise in digital education, with the help of other volunteers at Stanford and elsewhere.

“We’ve built a broad coalition,” Strehlow said. “There were a lot of people who wanted to take it on, and a lot of hands did light work.”

Rory Gilchrist, a project manager who previously worked for the Chicago Department of Public Health, volunteered to coordinate the project. He said he was happy to organize the work of about 40 people, about half of them at Stanford, almost all of them also volunteers, to help fight the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to support the inspiring work that Stanford doctors are doing,” he said. “They are generous to share what they know.”

Porwal added that the Stanford Center for Health Education has been blessed with years of knowledge as it has produced courses for healthcare workers around the world.

“We were able to take a decade of experience designing online courses and incorporate it into this one,” she said. “All the work we have done has helped us quickly produce this highly relevant course, which will both resonate with learners and improve health outcomes, the ultimate goal of all our efforts. »