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Overview



Decker Intellectual Properties provides quick and accurate clinical information with databases in a variety of medical disciplines such as Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Gastroenterology and much more, with even more disciplines to come.

The rate of increase of medical knowledge places an enormous burden on physicians to keep up with recent advances, particularly in innovative therapies that will improve patient outcomes. Decker’s products deliver content in an easily accessible format of current information that covers a practical clinical approach to the diagnosis, examination and treatment of common medical conditions that physicians face regularly. The burden of information overload today makes this initiative to join innovative technology with an ever-increasing demand of quick, accurate clinical information a necessity, and Decker’s products satisfy that unfulfilled need.

 

 

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These Decker products fill a unique role in medical education by providing reliable, up to date and innovative content for medical learners from MS3 clerks to PGY1-5 residents as well as practitioners. Available on the STAT!Ref database platform, these resources can be used anywhere, via desktop, laptop or mobile devices and can be used on the STAT!Ref Mobile App. Decker database specialties include:

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Weekly Curriculum

In addition to Decker database titles available on the STAT!Ref platform, Decker offers a teaching tool called Weekly Curriculum for each of the disciplines noted above.

Weekly Curriculum is a weekly email-based curriculum testing trainees through clinical cases and board-styled MCQs keyed to essential elements in medical training. Decker's mission is to advance in step with ACGME to provide the best graduate medical education experience for residents and fellows. Decker educates, not merely informs and tests. The objective is to improve health care by educating, assessing and advancing the quality of resident physician education through the passage to Board certification. This dynamic online product also offers:


  • • The ability to create a custom curriculum for Junior and Senior trainees
  • • Powerful tracking and management tools
  • • Personal logbooks for each trainee shows progress, individual ranking amongst peers and other trainees nationally through advanced metrics
  • • Program Director’s logbooks equipped with quick and elaborate metrics for efficient evaluation of each trainee, including a Milestone Reporting framework designed for a semi-annual review of each resident’s performance and reporting to ACGME
  • • All topics and readings are associated with Medical Specialty Milestones, along with their competency codes special ‘Soft Competency Weeks’ satisfy ACGME program requirements with focused lessons and readings, along with discussion questions and cases for group lectures
Clerkship

Decker also offers the teaching tool called Clerkship. A goal for Clerkship students is to link the clinical knowledge and skills to the content learned in their pre-clinical curriculum. Structurally, Clerkships are brief and limit the student's exposure to clinical care. Learning in this environment of limited exposure is best achieved if students can generalize principles learned from one clinical situation to others they may not encounter directly. Decker Clerkship has the following features:


  • • Organization around core pathophysiologic topics/big ideas
  • • Within each topic/chapter, specific examples of diseases/problems illustrating the topic will be listed at the end of the chapter
  • • Links to sections of Decker content databases with more detail on these specific diseases/conditions are provided
  • • Chapters to address the skills of communication, professionalism and basic technical procedures
  • • All modules are step-by-step beautifully illustrated basic procedural skills tested on medical students during Clerkship
  • • Criteria for self and instructor assessment included with each topic
Board Exam Prep

Weekly Curriculum also includes Board Review, a series of digital tools for testing residents and fellows as they prepare for their board examinations. Board Review provides the long-suffering resident with the perfect and most convenient means of measuring and honing knowledge in their specialty, with a singular focus on passing the written Boards.

Every program is unique and all residents learn differently. Board Review has custom settings for programs to train and prepare as they wish. In "Practice mode," exercises reveal correct and incorrect answers plus score tracking. "Exam mode" emulates the actual exam experience, hiding all correct and incorrect answers. Score tracker allows residents to mark questions "For Review."


  • • Board-categorized tests focus on all sections
  • • Customizable account settings: take the tests and exams as a group or individually
  • • Program Directors can control the test settings for residents

Board Review comes with personal and private logbooks for each resident to track their progress, and see their scores broken down by category and topic. For the Program Director, the PDs Portal offers quick yet elaborate metrics reviewing individual scores and progress, as well as the "big picture."

Mentor Remediation

A component of Weekly Curriculum, Teaching Slide Library is an easy to use and customizable presentation slide set featuring graphics and images, including decision-making and procedural algorithms, illustrations, clinical photos, micrographs, tables, CT scans, MRI, charts and more. Teaching Slide Library is an ideal reference tool, available in ready-made downloadable PowerPoint presentations.

Teaching Slide Library

Teaching Slide Library is an easy to use and customizable presentation slide set featuring graphics and images, including decision-making and procedural algorithms, illustrations, clinical photos, micrographs, tables, CT scans, MRI, charts and more. Teaching Slide Library is an ideal reference tool, available in ready-made downloadable PowerPoint presentations.

CME

Users can obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with a subscription to Decker Weekly Curriculum or Clerkship products and find out how easy it is to manage CME. Users can start and stop tests when they want, resume them later on, and retake them as often as they need. Upon successful completion, users are able to print out their CME certificate or manage the credits from their logbook and print the certificates later when they need them. The process is simple.

Best Vx/Rx™ or Best Dx/Rx™

Depending on the Weekly Curriculum or Clerkship package purchased, included are either of the following: Best Vx/Rx or Best Dx/Rx. Best Vx/Rx is a point of care tool with video-enhanced modules that includes 30-60 second videos of patients displaying signs/symptoms, tests, diseases/disorders and case studies. Best Dx/Rx is a point of care tool that offers modules on disorders derived from the patient care recommendations in Decker content databases.

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