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The year in review


FMF 2015Looking back on 2015, it has been a very busy year. The holidays are a great time for us to slow down and take stock of just how much our team was able to achieve over the past twelve months. We were fortunate enough to work with some fantastic partners on some great projects and we wanted to take a moment to share some of these accomplishments:

  • We upgraded! The machealth portal received a system upgrade and new design early in 2015. This upgrade came with some new features, including a mobile-friendly version of the site.
  • Building on the success of Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain (MMAP), a private mentorship network developed in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, machealth launched a second online community to extend an existing OCFP mentorship network - the Collaborative Mental Health Network (CMHN).
  • We collaborated to support the online component of Beyond Silence, a private program for Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton employees, which aims to create a dialogue around mental health issues at work.
  • We released the Primer on Medical Imaging online course, to complement the print/PDF guide – a pragmatic look at the basics of radiation, ionizing radiation and alternate non-radiation imaging modalities. (A great resource for medical students!) 
  • We attended the 2015 Family Medicine Forum in Toronto, hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces and to make so many new connections.
  • We became a little more social! You can now connect with machealth on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Some of you may know that machealth is a free online CE service from the DeLI* – the Division of e-Learning Innovation at McMaster University. In addition to the machealth accomplishments of 2015, DeLI has much to celebrate as well: 

  • Optimal Aging PortalMcMaster Optimal Aging Portal: The Optimal Aging Portal launched this year, providing high-quality information that promotes healthy and active aging.
  • PainHQ: A resource for those living with neuropathic pain, PainHQ was a collaboration between DeLI and the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster. 
  • OutbreakHelpPainHQ: In response to the Ebola outbreak of 2015, DeLI collaborated with the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools to launch OutbreakHelp – providing guidance for infection prevention, management and control. 
  • AllergyAware: A website, developed in partnership with Food Allergy Canada, the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Leap Learning Technologies, providing free access to online anaphylaxis courses developed to help people prevent, recognize and manage potentially life-threatening allergic reactions in the community.

Of course, these projects would not be possible without support from our amazing partners. We’re proud to work with a mix of government organizations, non-profits and academia, who all share in our commitment to innovation and evidence-based e-learning.

Finally, our sincere thanks to you – our machealth visitors. The machealth portal exists for you; your feedback and engagement is part of what makes this platform a unique space for healthcare professionals to learn and collaborate. We will look forward to bringing you new programs, resources and learning tools in 2016 and until then, happy holidays!

*DeLI is an educational research and development group that brings together instructional design, problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine, multimedia development and computer-based learning technologies.