PBL challenge

Your mission in this PBL challenge is to create a personal learning network to help you keep-up-to-date on new developments in cancer genetics.

Identify resources

Identify resources that will help your answer the questions:
  • What types of cancers have been observed to "run in families"?
  • What are the different technologies used to identify the presence of genetic mutations associated with these cancers?
  • What are the current recommendations for cancer screening when a patient has inherited a cancer predisposition gene?
  • How does cancer predisposition impact patient management? What risk-reducing interventions are available for a patient who's inherited a cancer predisposition gene?
Consider using the specialized search engines identified in the Videos and tutorials portion of this lesson.
Copy the urls of the Web pages you've identified.

NOTE: In this exercise, you are not going to attempt to answer the above questions, you're simply collecting resources that will help you to answer these questions in later lessons.

Create a Life Hack

Create a Life Hack to keep yourself current on the information you've researched. (Review "Life Hacks for Doctors" by Joshua Schwimmer, attached below.)

As part of your Life Hack, you should at least:
  • Subscribe to Diigo.com and add the Diigo toolbar to your browser.
  • Join the Cancer Genetics Group. (You've received an email inviting you to this Group.)
    • Bookmark the web resources you've found that help you answer the questions above using your Diigo toolbar
    • Save each page to a personal list your create (e.g., you can call your list "[Your Name] Cancer Genetics PLN"). Take a screenshot of your list page and post it on the Post your solutions page. Alternatively, you can copy the link from your Webslides.
    • Share each bookmarked url to the Cancer Genetics Group
    • Add comments to each bookmarked site you've added and share how you intend to use it in your practice. (Your name will be visible with your comments.)
    • Modify your personal bookmark list to include any Group pages you find particularly useful. Identify any new pages you've added to your list and note it on the document that includes a screenshot of your list page (or the link to your Webslides).
  • Using an RSS Reader, subscribe to a least 5 blogs about genetics, genomics, or genetic testing
    • At least two of these blogs should include postings about cancer genetics.
    • Take a screenshot of your RSS reader and share the blogs you've subscribed to. Post your screenshot on the Post your solutions page.
  • Download the free Webicina toolbar for your browser.
    • Explore the Life Hacking resources identified on Webicina (in particular, the Genetics Community sites.)
    • Using Webicina as a guide (or an internet search, or a colleague's recommendation) identify at least three social networks designed specifically for physicians and describe at least one feature of each network that might benefit a primary care physician grappling with issues relating to inherited cancer risk.
    • Pick at least one social network to join and reflect how you will use this network in your practice.
    • Post information about the social networks you've identified and the network you've joined on the Post your solutions page
  • After reviewing "Life Hacks for Doctors," discuss how you'll personalize your own Life Hack in the Discussion forum.
Note: You can collect all of the information and screenshots that you're going to post on the Post your solutions page in a single WORD document or pdf.

Dianne Rees,
Jul 23, 2010, 9:34 PM