Dear ELAG members,

Our last meeting for 2017 will be held by teleconference on Thursday 14th December. To accommodate the spread of time zones, we will hold 2 meetings (with identical agendas):

The agenda for both meetings can be found at 2017-12-14 - ELAG Meeting.

I have sent a calendar invitation to everyone whose email address I have. Please accept only the meeting invite for the time you prefer. If you would like to attend, but have not received a meeting invite, please email me at Apologies if you are unable to attend at these times - we unfortunately have only limited options available before the end of the year. 

Talk to you soon!

Kind regards,

Dear members of the E-Learning Advisory Group, 

This is a reminder that we are still accepting new applications for the SNOMED CT Implementation Course starting in January 2018. Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Course are now eligible to apply. We will be allocating places for our January 2018 Implementation Course soon. Applications received by the 15th December 2017 will be considered for this course intake.  Notification of a place will be sent by the 22nd December 2017.

Click here to go directly to the applications page. Please note you will need to be logged into the E-learning system to access this page.

Kind regards,
SNOMED CT E-Learning

Member Education Resources

We have now made the SNOMED Member Education Resources available via the "Member Education" menu at the top of the E-Learning Server (

Thanks very much to the 5 Members who have offered to share links to their SNOMED education resources. If any additional Members would like to contribute to this page, please email the relevant URI links to And for those of you who have already shared, please let me know if you would like any updates made to your respective content.

Thank you!
Kind regards,

Dear ELAG members,

Thanks very much to everyone who was able to attend the recent meeting in Bratislava (either in person or by phone). It was wonderful to see so many of you there!

A couple of followups from the meeting. Firstly, if you've looked at the SNOMED CT E-Learning Server ( since the meeting, you may have noticed that we've added a new menu at the top of the page. Hopefully this will make it easier for people to find available courses. For example, the Starter Presentations, Open Access and SNOMED for Developers can be found in the 'Open Courses' menu, the English and Chinese versions can be found in the 'Foundation Course' menu, and the Implementation and Content Development courses can be found in the 'Advanced Courses' menu. We've also included a way of contacting the E-Learning team with questions.

Secondly, for those of you who would like to encourage software developers in your country to participate in the pilot of the 'SNOMED CT for Developers' pathway, we have added a 'Feedback Form' to the bottom of the pilot course summary. However, it would be a great help to us if Member representatives could consolidate feedback from their region, and send this consolidated feedback to us. Please note that (once logged in) pilot participants can register for the pilot my selecting "SNOMED for Developers" from the "Open Courses" menu at the top of the screen, and then clicking on "Enrol me". This will give then immediate access to all the material in the Developers learning pathway.

Finally, thank you to those Members who have already sent me links to their national SNOMED education resources. If you would be happy to share any national SNOMED education resources with others, please email the relevant URI link to me at We hope to make the 'Member Education Resources' area available shortly via the E-Learning menu.

Thank you!
Kind regards,

The E-Learning Advisory Group will be meeting next week in Bratislava on Monday 16th October 2017 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. The meeting will take place in the room 'London III' at the Crowne Plaza Bratislava. A teleconference line will be available for those of you who are unable to join us in person -

The agenda for this meeting can be found here - 2017-10-16 - ELAG Meeting (Bratislava). Please note that I will be inviting each Member representative to provide a report on SNOMED CT education activities in their country. This may include:

  • New or planned SNOMED CT education activities,
  • Plans or progress in localising SNOMED CT education material,
  • Feedback on existing SNOMED CT eLearning experiences,
  • Country-specific SNOMED CT priorities and requirements.

If you are unable to attend the ELAG meeting in person or by teleconference, it would be much appreciated if you could email a short country report to

Other ways in which you can prepare for this meeting include:

  1. Review the following areas on the E-Learnging Server (
    • Open Access SNOMED CT Learning Area
    • SNOMED CT for Developers
    • SNOMED CT for Data Analysts
  2. Provide advice on areas of focus for the Content Development Theory maintenance efforts
  3. Bring suggestions on sharing or translation opportunities
  4. Bring information on potential approaches to offering CME/CPD credits in your region

Safe travels everyone! See you in Bratislava!

Kind regards,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend one of the recent ELAG teleconferences! For those of you who were unable to attend, I have posted the presentation slides at the bottom of the meeting agenda page (see 2017-08-31 - ELAG Meeting).

One of the topics discussed at the teleconference was the next E-Learning Advisory Group meeting to be held during of the SNOMED International business meeting at the Crowne Plaza Bratislava. The ELAG meeting is scheduled for 1:30pm on Monday 16th October 2017. If you plan to attend this meeting, please register at

Prior to this meeting, E-Learning Advisory Group representatives are requested to:

  1. Prepare an update on SNOMED education activities in your country
  2. Provide advice on the focus of the Content Development Theory Course maintenance efforts
  3. Review the following areas on the E-Learning Server ( and bring ideas to the meeting
    • Open Access SNOMED CT Learning Area
    • SNOMED CT for Developers (currently work-in-progress)
    • SNOMED CT for Data Analysts (currently work-in-progress)
  4. Consider new sharing or translation opportunities for SNOMED education material
  5. Find information on scalable approaches to CME/CPD accreditation in your region 

I look forward to seeing you all in Bratislava!

Kind regards,

Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the Doodle Poll!

As expected, we will need to hold 2 meetings (with identical agendas) to accommodate the spread of time zones. These meetings will be held:

The agenda for both meetings can be found at 2017-08-31 - ELAG Meeting.

I have sent a calendar invitation to everyone who responded to the Doodle Poll, at their preferred time. However, please feel free to attend either of these meetings. For those who indicated availability at both (or neither) times, you have been sent an invitation to both meetings. Please accept the invitation for the meeting you plan to attend.

To join by computer, tablet or smartphone use this link:

To dial in by phone please refer to the available phone numbers at and use meeting id 387-931-662.

Talk to you soon!
Kind regards,

Dear ELAG member,

Our next meeting for 2017 will be held by teleconference in the last week of August.

At this meeting, we will provide an update on SNOMED International's E-Learning activities, and start to prepare for our October meeting in Bratislava.

Could all ELAG members please indicate their availability by responding to this NEW Doodle Poll: by Friday 18th August.

Please also note that the deadline for nominations for the expiring ELAG expert position is Wednesday 23rd August. See here for more details.

Kind regards,


SNOMED International is still accepting applications for its September courses, including the SNOMED CT Implementation Course and the SNOMED CT Content Development Theory Course. Places for these courses are limited, so if you are interested in participating please apply before the 15th August.

The SNOMED CT Implementation Course is a six month course that explores the various stages of a SNOMED CT implementation – from adoption and planning to specification, design, development, deployment and use. Additional intakes of this course are currently planned for January, May and September 2018.

The SNOMED CT Content Development Theory Course is a three month course that explains the principles of SNOMED CT concept authoring. Additional intakes of the 3 month Content Development Course are currently planned for May and September 2018. Please note that this course will not be offered in January 2018 to enable the Education Team to focus on course maintenance and enhancements to improve the learning opportunities for students.

Both the SNOMED CT Implementation Course and the Content Development Theory Course require the completion of the SNOMED CT Foundation Course. The Foundation Course is a three module course that covers a broad range of topics related to SNOMED CT at a relatively basic level. This course can be started at any time and is self paced.

To apply for any of these courses, please login to the E-Learning Server ( and visit the E-Learning applications page.

(Posted on behalf of Linda Bird)

Dear ELAG members,
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you next week in London! If you haven't already registered, please do so via the Business Meeting registration page.
Whether or not you're able to join us for the ELAG meeting next week (24th and 25th April), could you all please look at the following:
The meeting on Monday 24th April will primarily focus on sharing information on SNOMED education activities in member countries and at SNOMED International. The meeting on Tuesday 25th April will focus on gathering your input on the draft E-Learning courses and future plans. Please reserve some time before these meetings to review the above pages, in preparation for these discussions.
Thanks very much! See you soon!
Kind regards,

Please take a look at the draft agendas for the two ELAG meeting sessions in London later this month which are now posted on the ELAG Space

Member representatives on ELAG are encouraged to prepare short updates on SNOMED educational requirements and provisions within their country. If you are unable to attend the meeting (either in person on remotely) please submit these updates in writing. Thanks.

  • If you are attending the meeting in person, please be sure to register for these session on the Business Meeting registration page. See  for further details.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting remotely, please refer to the connection details provided in the Meeting Agenda. These connection details are subject to change, so check the agenda the day the meeting to be sure you have access to relevant details. 
Over the last month we have implemented an enhanced approach to representation of E-Learning presentation metadata to support new course developments. This new representation of presentation metadata enables import into the E-Learning server to generate appropriate activities in a consistently reusable and maintainable way. This will allow the same presentation to be included in existing courses, an open access area and multiple new learning pathways. Planned future presentations will be specified using this metadata approach prior to developing the presentations themselves. Please take a look at the initial state of this material at E-Learning Presentations.  The team would welcome your comments on this metadata. 
Early next week, we will post links allowing you to access areas of the E-Learning server, where you will be able to review the approach we are taking to open access and the draft versions of two initial alternative learning pathways (for developers and for ICD-analysts). As you will see from the agenda, the second meeting will be largely focused on gathering your input on these changes, so please reserve some time to review these areas before we meet. Thank you.

As from the start of April, Linda Bird will chair the E-Learning Advisory Group. This is part of a planned change in our roles that I announced in the recent edition of the SNOMED International Newsletter.

Extract from 2017 Q1 Newsletter

Changes in the  Education and Product Support Team

By David Markwell, Head of Education 

I am pleased to announce that from April 1st, 2017, Linda Bird will take over the leadership of the Education & Product Support Team. It has been a privilege to build and lead this team over the past few years but now is an ideal time for this change to take effect. Linda has been a key player in the successful outcomes achieved by the E-Learning program as well as taking forward many valuable initiatives.

From my perspective, I have great confidence knowing that Linda is willing to take on this role allowing me to step back a little. That being said, stepping back does not mean walking away and for the foreseeable future, I will continue to play a full time role supporting Linda, the team and SNOMED International. My enthusiasm for SNOMED CT is undimmed and I plan to continue contributing to its success. 


Additional Note

Following this change, the title of my new is "Senior Product Support Specialist" and Linda's new title is "Head of Product Support". Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Linda to her new role.

This is a short update to keep ELAG members informed about where with are with E-Learning developments at the start of 2017.

No Waiting Self-Enrollment on the Foundation Course

A no waiting approach to starting the SNOMED CT Foundation course was introduced on 1st November 2016. This means that those wanting to take this course can now sign-up for an E-Learning account, self-enroll on the course and get started. In the two months since this was introduced 125 people have self-enrolled on the course.

Application Backlogs Cleared for Implementation and Content Courses

All eligible applicants for the Implementation and Content Development Theory courses whose applications were received before 15th December were offered places on the January 2017 intakes. Applicants who were not eligible (i.e. they had not yet successfully completed the Foundation course or they were already taking an advanced course) will be offered places on the next intake after they complete their current course.

This is the first time we have been able to clear the application backlog for either of these courses and this has only been possible as a result of increases to course capacity. We expect to be able to accommodate all those applying by mid-April 2017 on the May intake unless there is a significant upturn in demand as new Members join SNOMED International. Looking to future, we hope it will be possible to continue offering all eligible applicants a place on the next intake after receipt of their application.

Upgrades to the E-Learning Server

Early in 2017 we need to apply apply a major upgrade the version of the Moodle software used on the E-Learning Server. The end result of this upgrade should be a significant improvement in the E-Learning service. However, we are aware of some potential issues with the upgrade and these may require us to adapt our approach to use of some Moodle components.

Moving to Open Access with Alternative Learning Pathways 

As ELAG members are aware we are planning to introduce open-access and alternative learning pathways in the first quarter of 2017. We had hoped to introduce open-access during January but requirements to upgrade to the E-Learning Server (see above) are likely to delay this. Although we have identified a preferred approach to open access we need to confirm that this will work with the upgraded version of the underlying Moodle software.


Please would all E-Learning Advisory Group members check that they have completed and updated the Declaration of Interests. Even if you have no change in your declarable interests please update your row in the table by adding or revising the updated date.  If you are a Member representative and have no other interests relevant to SNOMED CT and SNOMED CT Education, then please paste the following text to your entry:

"I am an employee and representative of the NRC in my country and have no other relevant interests in SNOMED CT or SNOMED CT Education"

In all cases, please update the date in your row of the table. Thank you.

We have recently received indirect requests from some Members for E-Learning statistics. These statistics will be provided routinely and efficiently by Louise if you send your request to where it can be tracked and processed. Requests for these statistics must be from a National Member ELAG representative or a Member Forum representative. The E-Learning reports we produce for Members are in a standard spreadsheet form covering all three formal courses. Requests sent by less direct routes or asking for specific data are liable to be delayed or misinterpreted. Please help us to help you by using the email address and simply requesting the E-Learning Member Statistics for <your country>.  Thank you.