New media and how to make a quantum leap

Authors:
Steven F. Palter, M.D., Michele Lang Palter, J.D.

Volume 103, Issue 1, Pages 27-28

Abstract:

The way you learn, research, and innovate is about to fundamentally change. New Media in Medical Publishing and Education—it may look like just a digital version of the print medical journal you went through medical school with, but in fact you are dealing with a completely different kind of literature, one that opens a new world of possibilities.

  • Micah Hill

    New Media has rapidly changed how I digest information from the journal and engage in clinical discussion with peers. Part of my morning ritual is now to log into this forum and see what research topics people are engaging in discussion. The addition of the SREI forum has added a place to discuss clinical management and business practices with experts from all over the US. This FS forum has been richly rewarding, where I have had numerous authors answer questions that really put their research into focus for me. We have even had great FS forum dialogue which has sparked new research projects in our group, the direction of which was directly influenced by expert authors being will to discuss their topic with us.

    By far the greatest impact on me personally has been the online journal clubs. As a fellow, it was amazing to log in and hear research discussed by other fellows, world’s experts on the topic, and paper’s authors. No matter how good a local journal club is, it simply cannot match this international format! These journal clubs continue to be a monthly highlight for me and I know many other young REIs feel the same!

    Kudos to Dr. Palter, the New Media team, and F&S for taking the world-wide leadership role in advancing our concept of how a medical journal can reach out to its target audience!

  • The New Media Team at F+S (under the leadership of this article’s author) has definitely transformed the entity of “Fertility and Sterility” from a “Journal” to a “platform” that is dynamic and interactive. The challenge in the future as a consumer of clinical and research information will be to use the expanding technologies efficiently, while not getting overwhelmed and maintaining a reasonable attention span. Otherwise the risk of the digital revolution is that medicine, similar to social media, becomes more headline/buzzword-driven, and we listen to who shouts the loudest, and not the evidence. Therefore I agree with the author that the traditional research paper will hopefully not disappear, but be complemented by New Media.

  • Jason Kovac

    Fertility and Sterility is leading the way in how the concept of how “new media” is being related to scientific and clinical research papers.
    However, one issue that I can see as being limiting (using this forum as an example), is the fact that you cannot read the actual manuscripts directly form this forum. All you see is the abstract. Two suggestions.. once logged in… if you subscribe to FandS… you should be able to link to the PDF of the manuscript directly from this abstract. Two, while I realize paid content is kept separate on purpose, this approach does limit the amount of people offering advice and using the service since many cannot afford to access the articles directly. Perhaps making a few key articles per issue “free”might allow FandS to track and see if these types of articles are getting more comments than others.

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