Board Style Question Writer
Mohammed Dany is in charge of this project and he will contact you individually. The goal of this project is to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive board review question bank and then allow everyone free access. We are currently preparing questions to post.
Please send your step 1 or step 2 style questions with comprehensive explanations to Mohammed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The job of the curriculum editor is to critique the videos. If anything is false or unclear or outdated, we should know about it. To leave a comment, open the video on YouTube and leave a comment below. If you don’t have a specific clarification, please write one or two questions that will test the comprehension of others who have watched the video. Those questions will be important for people to gauge whether or not they are grasping the material. Leave those in the comments section and they will later be transferred to study guides.
Video Presentation Creator
One of the big tasks of creating these videos is creating the presentations. The big bonus of creating the presentations is that is a great way to study the material. You can help other people to learn while you get ready for your boards in an effective way. For step 2 presentations, there is a template Powerpoint presentation that you can download and start plugging in the information. The Powerpoints should have bullet points that cover the depth of material seen in review books like First Aid for step 2 or Boards and Wards. Try to minimize the amount of words you use to get the point across.
Visual aids like pictures can go a long way to improving the presentation. Unfortunately, they usually are illegal to use without permission. In our presentations we only use pictures and visual aids that have a “Creative Commons” or “Public Domain” license. A good place to find this kind of image is on Wikipedia. Almost all images on Wikipedia can be legally reused but you have to give attribution to the original author of the work. This is not difficult to do, we’ll post a quick tutorial on this later. In the meantime, let me know if you have questions about it.
All content must be original. Nothing can be copied and pasted. Please don’t use the exact wording of some other work.
Soon we will have a course overview for you to pick your topics from. For now, go ahead and pick any major topic that is covered on the boards. Email the course coordinator with the topic you’d like to cover and he can tell you if someone else is working on it. For Step 1 topics email Doug at email@example.com. For Step 2 topics email Max at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to have a wide range of educators teaching these presentations. We want these videos to be professional quality and easy to understand. Recording the videos does not require you to buy any software for your videos. We have used several free screen capture programs but the one that I use now which gives the best quality I’ve found for free is Microsoft expression encoder. You can download it free at that link. Adobe Captivate, and Camtasia are some paid programs that we may use in the future. If you do use Microsoft Expression Encoder, we can send send a file you can open that will set it up with the same parameters I use. When a video is finished, you can be given you access to the YouTube account so you can upload the video.
As for the audio. If you don’t have a good sound recording set up, you can buy a USB powered microphone from Blue that gives good sound. If you have suggestions about how to improve the sound in our recordings please email the Review Director’s listed below
Soon we will have a course overview for you to pick your topics from. For now, go ahead and pick any major topic that is covered on the boards. Email the course director with the topic you’d like to cover and he can tell you if someone else is working on it. For Step 1 topics email Doug at email@example.com. For Step 2 topics email Max at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flashcard Question Editor
These flashcards are a compilation of cards flashcard questions donated by users. They are for the most part well written but need to be double checked. Our editors don’t need to check each question with a verified source but we do need to correct all obvious errors. The flashcards can be accessed through Google documents. Everyone on this team has received or will receive an invitation to edit the documents. The documents are arranged in folders by subject and then separated into 6 blocks with a workbook for each block. Each workbook has separate sheets for each topic.
- When you find a topic you want to edit, rename the sheet with a “-” in front of the title so others know it is being used.
- Then put your email in the top left hand corner cell of the sheet so we know who is working on it.
- When you have finished editing the sheet, rename it again so it no longer has the – but has a 1 before the name. That let’s us know that it has been revised and can be published.
- Email the flashcard director at email@example.com when you have finished 2 or 10 sets of questions.
YouTube Channel Manager
This person would be in charge of the YouTube Channel. This would include ensuring videos are properly organized, ensuring the YouTube page is being promoted.
Social Media Manager
Manage Twitter, Facebook and other accounts providing updates on the project and making social media connections that can further the project. Establish a team of volunteers that ensures we are represented in all the major forums, blogs and other online resources for medical students.
Mobile App Page Editor
Gather and organize a list of mobile apps with reviews and ratings to help us point our students to the most effective mobile resources.
Flashcard Question Project Director
Organize the efforts of volunteers editing and collecting flashcard questions
Design a strategy and organize the efforts of students attending conventions, using those opportunities as a way to encourage students to use the website and encourage people to volunteer.
Team Member Director
This position would be in charge of helping all new volunteers get connected with the teams that they are most interested in working on and managing the lists of volunteers.
Regional Correlation Directors
We need representatives from regions around the world to help to correlate the curriculum to be most applicable to students with different education systems and testing.
This Regional Correlation Director position is still being developed. It sounds like you know some of the differences between the systems in the US and your education system. I’d encourage you to take on this role along with whatever other project you are interested in.
We have several mobile apps that need development. One of the apps would be a simple question and answer app and others would be database driven.
Career Guidance Director
We would like to develop a whole group of resources aimed at preparing students for residency. This would include guide materials as well as a blog, forums and other resources.