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Proc AMIA Symp. 2001:488-92.

ECG Wave-Maven: a self-assessment program for students and clinicians.

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  • 1The Center for Clinical Computing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Proficiency in the interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECGs) is an essential skill for medical students, house officers, and attending physicians. However, resources to develop and upgrade the necessary high level of "ECG literacy" are limited. A small number of centers have attempted to address this challenge by developing "ECG of the week" internet sites. These resources are difficult to maintain and update, and many of them quickly become stagnant. We present "ECG Wave-Maven," an innovative web-based tutorial that overcomes these obstacles via a direct link to the hospital's extensive and increasing clinical ECG repository. By interfacing our educational tool to live data, we can greatly decrease the time and effort required from the time a practitioner notes an interesting case to its inclusion in the program. Users can opt to encounter the test cases sequentially or randomly, or by reviewing a list of questions or diagnoses, making this not just a quiz, but a basic educational reference. This tool may be useful in meeting the challenge of reducing serious medical errors related to ECG misinterpretation.

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