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Dear E-Learning Advisory Group,

Please be aware that our next intake of the SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course, starting on Monday 7th September 2020, has been filling up fast.

There are only a very limited number of places remaining, so if you know someone who wants to enrol, please ask them to do so as soon as possible. Once the September intake is full, we will open enrolments for the March 2021 intake for any remaining students to enrol.

NRCs are entitled to 2 free enrolments in each of our courses per year. To claim your free voucher, please ask your MF representative to email elearning@snomed.org with the names and email addresses of the enrolling students.

To enrol in this course, please visit our SNOMED CT course catalogue at https://courses.ihtsdotools.org. Note: Students must complete the SNOMED CT Foundation Course before enrolling.


October E-Learning AG Meeting

Thank you to everyone who submitted their preferences to the recent ELAG doodle poll! The most popular time was:

10:00 UTC on Wednesday 7th October

So, the October ELAG meeting will be scheduled for this time. Apologies to anyone who is unable to join us at this time. The meeting agenda will be posted to the ELAG space (http://snomed.org/elag) at least two weeks prior, and any slides presented will be posted directly after the meeting. 

Moving forward, all SNOMED International meetings will be scheduled via the "What's on this week" calendar - https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/wotw. Please click on 'Subscribe' to add all the SNOMED events to your calendar. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@snomed.org.

Dear E-Learning Advisory Group,

I hope everyone is well!

As you may know, the SNOMED CT October business meetings and expo is going virtual - so the October E-Learning Advisory Group (ELAG) meeting will therefore be online.

Could all ELAG members please indicate your preferred times for the October meeting by responding to this Doodle Poll. We will hold either one or two alternative meetings, depending on the responses.

Thank you!
Kind regards,
Linda.

Enrolments for the next SNOMED CT Implementation Course, starting on Monday 6th July 2020, will be closing soon - on Friday 26th June 2020.

The SNOMED CT Implementation Course teaches you the SNOMED CT knowledge and skills required to implement a SNOMED CT enabled system.  Key skills you will learn and practice include:

    • Using SNOMED CT in information models
    • Querying SNOMED CT with expression constraints
    • Creating SNOMED CT subsets using best practice principles
    • Understanding the description logic foundation of SNOMED CT
    • Documenting SNOMED CT requirements for clinical system procurements
    • Adopting recommended principles for searching, entering, storing, mapping and maintaining SNOMED CT

The course fee is $US 500 for students from high-income Member countries and $US 250 for students from middle-income Member countries (note: this includes a 50% Member discount). 

To enrol please visit the Implementation Course enrolment page in the SNOMED CT Course CatalogueIf you have any questions, please email the E-Learning team at elearning@snomed.org.

Dear E-Learning Advisory Group,

SNOMED International is once again seeking new volunteers to serve on our international Advisory Groups.

As you may know, the E-Learning Advisory Group is mainly composed of Member representatives, who are nominated by their respective Member Forum rep. In addition, we have 2 expert advisor positions, which rotate every 2 years (on alternate years). As such, we are currently advertising for one new expert advisor on ELAG. The Call for Advisory Group Nominations has full details, including the nomination form, selection process and application checklist. Please distribute this call for nominations to anyone who you believe would be a good choice for this role. The deadline for nominations is Friday 29th May 2020. 

I would also like to give a big thank you to Penny Livesay for her service as expert advisor to ELAG for the past 2 year!! Thanks Penny!

Kind regards,
Linda.

Dear all,

As discussed a few weeks ago, the E-Learning Advisory Group plans to meet this Wednesday 29th April from 7:00 UTC to 9:00 UTC on https://snomed.zoom.us/j/387931662.

I understand what a busy time it is for everyone - so I hope this meeting time is still okay with most of you. Please let me know if you're unable to attend.

If possible, could you please send me your Member reports before the meeting, to make the meeting time more efficient. I will share your reports via the ELAG confluence space, and do my best to summarize these during the meeting. Topics requested include:

  1. New or planned SNOMED CT education activities in your region
  2. National or region-specific SNOMED CT priorities
  3. Feedback on existing SNOMED CT eLearning experiences (if any)
  4. Course accreditation recommendations for your region (if any)
  5. Which local languages are required for SNOMED education in your region?
  6. Are there any potential education providers who could help to translate and deliver our courses in these languages? - e.g. universities or others with an online education platform.

Please note that the discussion during the meeting will focus on the last two topics (5 and 6). The full meeting agenda can be found here - 2020-04-29 ELAG Remote Meeting (via Zoom).

Thanks very much everyone!
Kind regards,
Linda.



Dear E-Learning Advisory Group, 
In lieu of the in-person Community Update session that was planned for the April 2020 Business Meetings, we are instead providing a written version that includes updates from the following lines of business:

  1. Global Report
  2. Collaboration
  3. Education & Product Support
  4. Clinical + Genomics
  5. Vendor Engagement
  6. Product & Services
  7. Content & Mapping
  8. Technical Services
  9. Release Management
  10. Managed Service Update

Any questions about the update can be sent to info@snomed.org
Kind regards,
Linda.


Dear ELAG,

Based on the responses to my previous post, we will be postponing the April ELAG call until Wednesday 29th April from 7:00 UTC to 9:00 UTC.

I will, however, check back in with everyone prior to this meeting to confirm that this is still a suitable time.

Once again wishing you, your families and friends good health!
Kind regards,
Linda.

Dear ELAG,

My thoughts are with you all at the moment, as we face the global Covid-19 challenge together. You may have seen that some of our virtual April business meetings are being postponed, while everyone focuses on these important challenges.

So, I would like to give you the following options for our April ELAG meeting:

  1. Go ahead as planned for Wednesday 8th April from 7:00 UTC to 9:00 UTC
  2. Push back the meeting until the end of April - e.g. Wednesday 29th April from 7:00 UTC to 9:00 UTC
  3. Postpone the meeting indefinitely, and ask again at the end of April
  4. Some combination of the above (e.g. run the meeting twice - both now and the end of April)

Which of these options (or any others) would be best for you? Please either respond below, or email me at lbi@snomed.org with your preference.

Wishing you, your families and friends good health!

Kind regards,
Linda.

Dear ELAG,

Thank you to everyone who responded to the recent Doodle Poll. Based on a strong consensus, the SNOMED E-Learning AG meeting will be scheduled for:

Wednesday 8th April from 7:00 UTC to 9:00 UTC on https://snomed.zoom.us/j/387931662

I have sent out a meeting invite to all those who responded to the Doodle Poll. If you missed out and would like to add this meeting to your calendar, please email me at lbi@snomed.org.

Due to the compressed meeting length, could you please ALL email me a short report (lbi@snomed.org) on the following topics by Friday 3rd April:

  1. New or planned SNOMED CT education activities in your region
  2. National or region-specific SNOMED CT priorities
  3. Feedback on existing SNOMED CT eLearning experiences (if any)
  4. Course accreditation recommendations for your region (if any)
  5. Which local languages are required for SNOMED education in your region?
  6. Are there any local education providers (e.g. universities or others with an online education platform) who could help to translate and deliver our course materials in the required languages?

I will share your reports on the ELAG confluence space (http://snomed.org/elag) and do my best to summarize these during the meeting. The discussion will then focus on the last 2 topics, which are an integral part of SNOMED International's 2020-2025 strategy. The full meeting agenda can be found here - 2020-04-29 ELAG Remote Meeting (via Zoom)

Thanks very much everyone! I hope you're all safe and well!

Kind regards,
Linda.

P.S.: I am aware that this meeting time will not suit many of you in the Americas, so if you would like me to arrange a second meeting at a more suitable time please let me know (lbi@snomed.org). 



As you may have seen, SNOMED International has announced the cancellation of the face to face April 2020 business meetings. However, the work we do to provide SNOMED CT e-learning to the international community continues, and so does our need to get feedback and advice from our Members and expert representatives.

I would therefore like to propose that the cancelled face-to-face meeting is replaced with a 2 hour remote conference call. Due to the timezone challenges, I am happy to offer 2 alternative times if this will make it easier for more of you to attend.

Could all ELAG Member and expert representatives please respond to this Doodle Poll by close of business Thursday 12 March, and I will use your responses to select one or more suitable meeting times.

If you have any questions, please contact me at lbi@snomed.org.

Thank you!
Kind regards,
Linda. 

Dear ELAG,

The draft SNOMED CT in SQL Practical Guide is now available for community review at http://snomed.org/sqlpg.

This guide provides a simple and practical example of how a relational database can be used to enable effective access to the content and features of SNOMED CT. The primary purpose of this document is to enhance understanding of the logical design of SNOMED CT and to provide practical ways to access the key features of SNOMED CT in a widely understood programming language. For more scalable and performant approaches to implementing SNOMED CT please visit SNOMED International's Github repository - e.g. https://github.com/IHTSDO.

Please provide your feedback before Friday 31st January 2020 by clicking on the 'Feedback' button at the bottom of each page.

Thank you!
Kind regards,
Linda Bird.

Enrolments for the next SNOMED CT Implementation Course, starting on Monday 6th January 2020, will be closing soon - on Friday 20th December 2019.

The SNOMED CT Implementation Course teaches you the SNOMED CT knowledge and skills required to implement a SNOMED CT enabled system. 
Key skills you will learn and practice include:

    • Using SNOMED CT in information models
    • Querying SNOMED CT with expression constraints
    • Creating SNOMED CT subsets using best practice principles
    • Understanding the description logic foundation of SNOMED CT
    • Documenting SNOMED CT requirements for clinical system procurements
    • Adopting recommended principles for searching, entering, storing, mapping and maintaining SNOMED CT

Each NRC is entitled to one FREE ENROLMENT in each of our courses each year - so please take advantage of this offer to educate your local team. Note - you may use your 2020 free voucher for the January 2020 Implementation Course. To claim your free NRC enrolment, the MF representative should email elearning@snomed.org and request a 'Member free voucher'. Please include the name and email of the person who will be enrolling, and which course intake they would like to enrol in. We will then send the free voucher to the student with instructions on how to use it.

Please also share the following postcard within your local country or territory to help us advertise this course more widely!


The course fee is $US 500 for students from high-income Member countries, and $US 250 for students from middle-income Member countries. To enrol visit the Implementation Course enrolment page in the SNOMED CT Course Catalogue.

If you have any questions, please email the E-Learning team at elearning@snomed.org.

Kind regards,
Linda Bird. 

Dear ELAG members,

Thank you very much to those of you who were able to attend the E-Learning Advisory Group meeting last week in Kuala Lumpur! I hope you enjoyed your week in Malaysia and have made it home safely (or will soon be doing so).

I have posted my presentation, the Member reports that were emailed to me, and some brief meeting notes. Please let me know if you'd like me to make any updates to the meetings notes.

Also a reminder to all - If you would like to contribute to our shared 'Member Education Resources' page (or update an existing contribution) please email elearning@snomed.org with the information you'd like to share. You can find this page on our E-Learning Platform at http://snomed.org/member-education

And if you would like to discuss an education delivery partnership to deliver our education locally in your region, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me (lbi@snomed.org). 

Have a lovely week everyone!
Kind regards,
Linda.

Dear ELAG members,

The agenda for the October 2019 ELAG meeting in Malaysia is now available. Please note that ELAG Member representatives are invited to provide a short report on the following topics for their region:

  • New or planned SNOMED CT education activities
  • Feedback on existing SNOMED CT eLearning experiences
  • SNOMED CT education priorities
  • Opportunities for education delivery partnerships (e.g. to deliver in other languages)
  • Course accreditation recommendations for your region

If you are not attending the meeting in person, please email your report to me at lbi@snomed.org.

Meeting Logistics

I look forward to seeing many of you in Malaysia!
Kind regards,
Linda.