The ASBMR Educational Resource Center
As one of its core missions, the ASBMR is constantly striving to provide its members with comprehensive educational materials. In order to better fulfill this goal, it recently launched an Education Resource Center web page (1).
This page is a single site that provides an extensive array of both basic and clinical educational materials that are relevant to members. As it develops, the site will become the repository for all ASBMR online educational content. This will include web videos and printed summaries of ASBMR-sponsored educational symposia, annual and topical meetings, webinars and webcasts. It will also have available additional educational material from the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism along with selected articles from the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
In addition, ASBMR recently developed an on-line web course entitled “Improving the Identification and Management of Osteoporosis”. This is also available at the Education Resource Center web page. The initiative provides a program with CME credit for primary care providers and other health care professionals to appropriately assess, diagnose, and treat patients with osteoporosis who are have already fractured and, therefore, are at risk to develop another fracture.
The Science Education Advisory Committee, of which I am honored to be the Chair, supervises the scientific content of the Educational Resource Center. Serving with me on this committee are Peter Ebeling from the University of Melbourne, Stavroula Kousteni from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Philip Osdoby from Washington University in St Louis, Elizabeth Shane from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons and Rajesh Thakker from the University of Oxford. This committee is responsible for evaluating all educational materials on the site for accuracy and relevance.
Currently, the site contains a variety of video presentations that were given at various ASBMR annual meetings, as well as webinars and meetings that ASBMR has sponsored over the past few years. In addition, the entire program from the recent ASBMR-sponsored meeting “Cutting Edge Discoveries in Muscle Biology, Disease and Therapeutics” is available on the site.
We will be adding new content on a regular basis and sincerely welcome suggestions from the membership about what topics should be added to the site. Indeed, input from users (both positive and negative) about your impression of the site and how we can improve it are critical for us to maximize its utility to our members.
Farmington, CT, U.S.A.
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