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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.

Dear ELAG members,

The next E-Learning Advisory Group meeting will be held in Malaysia on Monday 28th October from 9:00am to 12:30pm in the Grand Residence 101 room of the Grand Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

If you haven't already done so, please register for the October 2019 Business Meeting, and book your accommodation. You can view the current October 2019 Business Meetings Schedule here.

The ELAG meeting agenda will be published closer to the time. For more information, please visit the Business Meetings page. 

Kind regards,
Linda.

Dear ELAG representatives,

Enrolments for the next SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course, starting on Monday 2nd September 2019, will be closing soon (on Friday 23rd August)!

The SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course teaches you the knowledge and skills needed to perform basic SNOMED CT authoring tasks. It also prepares you for the SNOMED CT Level 1 certification exam. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice authoring tasks using a training version of SNOMED International's authoring platform.

Each NRC is entitled to one FREE enrolment in each of our courses each year - so please take advantage of this offer to education your local team. To claim your free NRC enrolment, please ask your Member Forum representative to 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 and start month they would like to enrol in. We will then send them the free voucher with instructions on how to use it.

Additional participants are also welcome to enrol in the SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course, so please advertise within your local country or territory. The course fee is $US 500 for students from high-income Member countries, and $US 250 for students from middle-income Member countries. The fees for students from Non-Member countries is double this. To enrol visit the Authoring Level 1 Course Enrolment Page in the SNOMED CT Course Catalogue.

For more information, please email the E-Learning team at elearning@snomed.org.

Kind regards,
Linda Bird. 

Dear ELAG members,

I am pleased to announce our new ELAG expert advisor is Ralph La Tella. 

Ralph will be joining Penny Livesay, who will together serve as the ELAG expert advisors until the end of Penny's term (in July 2020). Ralph is currently working as a consultant in the mobile Health IT space. He recently founded mHealth Informatics to educate, develop and build mobile applications to assist clinicians in achieving better patient outcomes. Until recently, Ralph held the position of Director of standards and resources with the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

Please join me in welcoming Ralph to the E-Learning Advisory Group!

Kind regards,
Linda.

SNOMED International has just announced the call for Advisory Group Nominations. As part of this process, the E-Learning Advisory Group is seeking applications for one Expert Advisor position (previously held by Kirstine Rosenbeck). Penny Livesay will continue in her position as ELAG Expert Advisor until 2020. We would like to sincerely thank Kirstine for her contributions to the E-Learning Advisory Group over the past 2 years!

If you know of any suitable candidates for this position, please forward this announcement to them: Call for Advisory Group Nominations.

Please note applications close on Friday 14th June 2019.

Dear ELAG representatives,

Enrolments for the next SNOMED CT Implementation Course, starting on Monday 1st July 2019, will be closing soon (on Monday 17th June)! 

The SNOMED CT Implementation Course provides an in depth understanding of the SNOMED CT specific knowledge and skills required to implement a SNOMED CT enabled system - including preparing for implementation, understanding and using content, constraining and querying data, customization, configuration, distribution and maintenance.

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.

To claim your free NRC enrolment in our SNOMED CT Implementation Course, please ask your Member Forum representative to email elearning@snomed.org  and request a 'Member free voucher for the Implementation Course'. Please include the name and email of the person who will be enrolling, and we will then send them the free voucher with instructions on how to use it.

Additional participants are also welcome to enrol in the SNOMED CT Implementation Course. To enrol visit the Implementation Course Enrolment Page on the SNOMED CT Course Catalogue.

For more information, please refer to Education Benefits for Members or email the E-Learning team at elearning@snomed.org

Kind regards,
Linda Bird.

Dear E-Learning Advisory Group,

A big thank you to all our ELAG representatives who participated in the discussions last week in London! It was great to hear from each Member about your education activities, plans and priorities, and we appreciated your comments and feedback about the education work being delivered by the fabulous SNOMED International education team.

I have added some notes to the meeting agenda, and attached the presentations and reports from the meeting - 2019-04-10 ELAG Face to Face Meeting (London). If you have any further information on local CME/CPD requirements, education partnership opportunities, questions or comments please contact me at lbi@snomed.org.

Thank you!
Kind regards,
Linda.


Dear ELAG members,

The E-Learning Advisory Group will be meeting soon in London on Wednesday 10th April from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in the Mackenzie Room of the Waldorf Hilton Hotel.

The agenda for this meeting is available at 2019-04-10 ELAG Face to Face Meeting (London). Please note that each Member representative will be invited to provide a short report on the following topics for their country:

  • New or planned SNOMED CT education activities
  • Feedback on existing SNOMED CT eLearning experiences
  • Country or region-specific SNOMED CT priorities
  • Education collaboration opportunities (e.g. translation or localisation)
  • CME/CPD course accreditation recommendations for region

If you have unable to attend this meeting, please send your report to lbi@snomed.org

Online meeting facilities will be available via Zoom: https://snomed.zoom.us/j/387931662. To dial in by phone please refer to the available phone numbers at https://zoom.us/zoomconference and use meeting id 387-931-662.

I look forward to seeing many of you in London! Safe travels!
Kind regards,
Linda.

April Business meetings

Dear E-Learning Advisory Group members,

Please be advised that the schedule for the April 2019 SNOMED Business Meetings is now available.

The E-Learning Advisory Group meeting will be held at 1:30pm (UTC) on Wednesday 10th April in the Mackenzie Room, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London.

If you haven't already done so, please register for the Business Meetings. And if you would like to stay at the meeting venue (Waldorf Hilton), you can receive special rates by booking here.

Kind regards,
Linda Bird.

Hi everyone,

We have made the education presentation Making a Request Submission publicly available via a link on a page on the SNOMED International website: https://www.snomed.org/snomed-ct/sct-worldwide/change-or-add You will find it in the section 'Guidance information for making changes to SNOMED CT'. The presentation covers the processes, criteria and considerations for creating good quality request submissions and has been designed to be applicable for extensions as well as the International Edition. 

Kind regards,

Cathy Richardson

Enhanced Membership Benefits

Dear E-Learning Advisory Group representatives,

Please be advised that, as part of the new 'Enhanced Membership Benefits' agreed by the General Assembly in October, each Member is entitled to the following education benefits:

  • Access to free SNOMED CT Foundation Course for registrants from Member countries/territories
  • NRC access to one free registration annually for each education course offered
  • NRC access to one free certification process annually
  • Membership discount for all education courses offered

If you are a Member representative from an NRC and would like to claim your free enrolment in one of our courses, please email elearning@snomed.org to request a 'Member free' voucher that can be used to register via our Course Catalogue. Please include the name and email of the student who will be enrolling, and the course intake in which they would like to participate. This will assist us in assigning the voucher appropriately.

Thank you!
Kind regards,
Linda Bird.

Dear ELAG Members,

Thank you very much to everyone who was able to attend the recent ELAG meeting in Vancouver (either in person or remotely).

I have posted a summary of the country updates and the presentation from SNOMED International to the meeting agenda page.

Safe travels home everyone!
Kind regards,
Linda.