About Slice of Life
What is "Slice of Life"?
An annual conference at which medical and health science educators and developers gather from around the world to explore and share the uses of multimedia and information technology in medical education. The focus is on cutting edge developments, implementation of courseware, eLearning, web enhanced curricula, wireless mobile computing, graphic design, animation and digital video. Curricular integration, sharing and evaluation are central themes. Think of the many ways you can contribute and learn! The complete conference program will be posted in March.
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The program always has two major parts:
PRE-MEETING WORKSHOPS: Hands-on and lecture/demo pre-workshop tutorials, where you can learn in depth about new multimedia techniques from an international group of experts. Workshops range from introductory to advanced. The user audience is listed for each.
AUDITORIUM PRESENTATIONS - THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNINGS: Featuring a daily invited keynote speaker and selected 20 minutes presentations, where you can benefit from the view points of experienced specialists in a cooperative atmosphere. Presentations are brief so that you can identify individuals you want to speeak to in depth at another time. There are NO concurrent auditorium presentations, to maximize interactivity.
SHOW AND TELL ELECTRONIC DEMONSTRATIONS and ELECTRONIC POSTERS: Meet the creators of innovative software solutions and courseware.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: These noon discussions with lunch permit continued discussion of controversial or breaking new topics. Morning speakers often continue to answer questions and debate issues. Topics of more technical interest can be focused on too.
Great company, continental breakfast, lots of coffee, lunches with
colleagues and hospitality with delicious food and drink are daily
events. Plan to attend our traditional Welcome Dinner on Thursday
evening as well as the Grand Extravaganza from noon until late Saturday
The group began as contributors and users of the "Slice of Life" videodisc!! (For more history and information see the Slice of Life videodisc web site.) We like the name, and we still occasionally use the resource to grab images! For more than sixteen years, developers of medical multimedia and interested new-comers have gathered together internationally at the Slice of Life Workshop to share ideas and:
The Knowledge Weavers team included information management specialists, Web programmers and designers, and multimedia production artists. Their goal was to provide health sciences educators with high quality, Web-based multimedia resources that can be used for a variety of educational purposes. With grants from NLM, many projects have been undertaken for educational use by anyone. While the funding is over, the created resources continue to be available. Sharon Dennis (former PI) at the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library has for the past several years continued the tradition of producing some of the pre-conference workshops. Learn more about them at the Knowledge Weavers Website.
Why is the Association of American Medical Colleges Handling the Abstract Submission and Registration?
In 1997, Suzanne Stensaas was about to say "no more Slices of Life". It took too much time and energy. Marianne Messer and others from Gold Standard Multimedia were at the 1997 Chicago meeting and found it so exciting that they said, "we could help you do this in Tampa in 1998". The 1998 Slice of Life-Gold Standard collaboration was so successful that we decided to let the "pros" continue to design the web site and handle the registration, credit cards, accounting and many of the logistics through 2004. We feel very fortunate to have had collaborators who, incidentally, also happened to be vendors of multimedia medical education products! Currently, Gold Standard Multimedia has moved in the direction of Pharmacology and we needed another partner. The AAMC has offered to do the meeting planning, logistics, abstract submission and registration. This leaves Suzanne free to work on the program together with the local OHSU hosts and the HEAL team. HEAL is the Health Education Assest Library a collborative project among universities to create an open and free web site for the cataloging and retrieval of multimedia for health education. Many of the contributors and collaborators of HEAL came from friendships and collaborations conceived atSlice of Life Workshops.
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