Research Revolution

There was a time, not so long ago, when you actually had to go to a library to read a journal article. If the library did not have the article you needed, you would ask your librarian to source the article and pay for the journal to be loaned to your library. The internet changed […]

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Medium for urologists

Yet another social media platform? A new social media platform seems to be announced on a weekly basis and it can be difficult to work out which are here to stay, and which will quickly fade into the distance. Medium is a free and open social media writing platform. Medium was created by Twitter co-founder […]

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Advanced Twitter

It has been a few years since my post on “Twitter for urologists” was published in Urology News 1. Given the continued rise of the platform, I thought it was time to revisit and expand on the Twitter’s functionality. In this review, I will attempt to expand your use of Twitter and explain how to make […]

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EAU Pocket Guidelines App

The European Association of Urology has consistently led on the latest guidelines and advanced the care of urology since its inception. The EAU Pocket Guidelines app provides pocket guideline summaries of the full EAU Guidelines collection. The app is available from the Google Play Store or iTunes. The app makes you aware that there are […]

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Massive Open Online Courses

Technology has always been intimately linked to new educational methods. This has included distance learning, learning through multimedia and finally computer based learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are so called because they can be taken by an unlimited number of people (massive); they are open, as they have no student selection criteria and no […]

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Medical Journal Readers

Keeping up to date with a variety of urology and medical journals can be an onerous task. Each year there is an ever-expanding number of medical journals and finding a way to sift through relevant information in medical journals and keep up to date is becoming increasingly difficult. In mainstream news, tablet computers have enabled […]

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Mobile e-Logbook app

Maintaining a record of operations in a surgical logbook has long been part of surgical training and governance. For trainees, it is an essential part of assessments. For consultants, maintaining a logbook is not essential, however, a review of clinical outcomes forms part of the revalidation process in the United Kingdom. The pan-surgical electronic logbook […]

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Patient portals

In May 2012, the Department of Health published its information strategy ‘Power of information’  which aims to put us all in control of the health and care information we need1. As a part of its information strategy a key role for patient information portals was outlined. Similar plans are already in place with NHS Scotland […]

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Twitter for urologists

I first heard of twitter in 2007, more than a year after its inception. At the time it had gained some traction in the technology press. The biggest stumbling block for me was the lack of a wide user base, with the majority of early adopters being computer scientists and technology journalists. Fast forward to […]

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Reference management and Zotero.org

Reference management software is an indispensable tool for academic or professional writing. Yet many trainees and consultants seem never to have used any such software and are still diligently typing references in articles. Reference management software such as EndNote or RefWorks has traditionally been available as a separate application which can integrate with word processing […]

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