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      The use of a virtual learning environment in promoting virtual journal clubs and case-based discussions in trauma and orthopaedic postgraduate medical education: the Leicester experience.

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          The use of journal clubs and, more recently, case-based discussions in order to stimulate debate among orthopaedic surgeons lies at the heart of orthopaedic training and education. A virtual learning environment can be used as a platform to host virtual journal clubs and case-based discussions. This has many advantages in the current climate of constrained time and diminishing trainee and consultant participation in such activities. The virtual environment model opens up participation and improves access to journal clubs and case-based discussions, provides reusable educational content, establishes an electronic record of participation for individuals, makes use of multimedia material (including clinical imaging and photographs) for discussion, and finally, allows participants to link case-based discussions with relevant papers in the journal club. The Leicester experience highlights the many advantages and some of the potential difficulties in setting up such a virtual system and provides useful guidance for those considering such a system in their own training programme. As a result of the virtual learning environment, trainee participation has increased and there is a trend for increased consultant input in the virtual journal club and case-based discussions. It is likely that the use of virtual environments will expand to encompass newer technological approaches to personal learning and professional development.

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          Journal
          J Bone Joint Surg Br
          The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume
          British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery
          2044-5377
          0301-620X
          Sep 2012
          : 94
          : 9
          Affiliations
          [1 ] University Hospitals Leicester, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK. jp314@le.ac.uk
          Article
          94-B/9/1170
          10.1302/0301-620X.94B9.28780
          22933486

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