Newsletter draft, Sept. 15, 2009

Draft #2 of revised OERC Newsletter as of Sept. 15, 2009

Newsletter #1

OERC-INCTR@JOHNS HOPKINS Montgomery County Campus,9601 Medical Center
Drive #302,Rockville, Maryland, 20850, Phone 1-301-294-7000, FAX
1-301-294-7010, oerc.merlot.org
EMAIL?

Executive Committee: Lawrence S. Lessin, MD MACP; Ian Magrath, DSc,
FRCP, FRCPath; Dianne Kaseman, PhD RN; Anil Srivastava; Stephan
Thieringer, PhD; Gerard L. Hanley, PhD; Aron Primack, MD; Julie Estal,
Executive Coordinator.

Open Educational Resources for Cancer Newsletter
Dedicated to Open Global Cancer Education
Lead Organization : International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR)

INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the first in a series of OERC newsletters. You and all
interested persons are warmly invited to read this newsletter and
support the OERC project mission. Please direct your comments and questions to the OERC address above or through OERC.MERLOT/voices.

OERC MISSION STATEMENT
-To clarify the overall direction of the OERC project the following
mission statement is provided:

· To create a open resource repository of cancer educational materials
covering diverse aspects of oncology.

· To promote global sharing of cancer educational resources as
proposed in the 2007 WHO report on cancer

· To utilize knowledge sharing to assist countries develop cancer
control strategies

· To employ educational resources to enhance the capacities of
physicians, nurses and care givers in developing countries to diagnose
and treat cancer patients

· To provide free access to cutting edge basic and clinical cancer
research information in user friendly format

· To contribute to the development of a research infrastructure and a
research ethos for cancer care and prevention at a global level

PROGRESS SUMMARY: OERC.MERLOT.ORG IS NOW OPERATIONAL
OERC.MERLOT.ORG was launched in July, 2009, via a relationship with MERLOT, (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching
(www.merlot.org) of the California State University System. OERC.MERLOT.ORG
will provide free access and easy discovery of an online collection of donor contributed, categorized cancer learning materials (lectures, clinical guides,
course curricula, videos, research summaries, etc.). OERC is building
an open digital library which allows discovery of cancer educational materials, contributed by the world wide community of clinical and basic cancer professionals.

Contributing partners are currently being identified and encouraged to submit cancer educational materials. We urge all cancer educators to join the CERC cancer community and contribute to the professional network of open educational resources.? The process is free and easy. The OERC website provides a simple step by step guidance on becoming a contributing member of the OERC community. (For more information, go to http://oerc.merlot.org/contribute/)
This initial phase of the project will permit immediate worldwide
access to cancer educational materials. The Creative Commons(C) policy will serve as
the guide to intellectual property matters.

INCTR
INTCR, the lead affiliate organization of OERC, has a long term commitment to cancer
education, control, treatment and research, primarily in developing
countries. At INCTR's 8th Meeting on Cancer in Countries with Limited Resources,
held in Antalya, Turkey in March 22-24, 2009, more than 200
physicians and researchers from 40 countries in attendance. The
meeting included awards for contributions to cancer control, keynote
lectures, reports from INCTR programs, educational and scientific
sessions, workshops, and "Meet the Expert" sessions. The educational and scientific sessions encompassed a broad range of topics, among them education and research in low resource settings, including the use of open access resources for education, ethical issues that are of particular importance in low and middle income
countries, infectious diseases and cancer, AIDS associated
malignancies, cancers in women and children, hematological
malignancies, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and palliative care.
Lawrence Lessin, MD, chair of OERC, gave a presentation of the OERC
project and invited new contributors and users to join the project as
partners. There was ample opportunity for discussion and exchange of
ideas. INCTR has a leading role in the development
and promotion of OERC.

NATIONAL ACADEMY of SCIENCES MEETING
The Institute of Medicine and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
cosponsored a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences from Sept.
3-4, 2008. The meeting entitled, Open Educational Resources in Health
Symposium, was attended by participants from around the world and
three of OERC's executive committee (Dr. Larry Lessin, Dr. Dianne
Kaseman and Mr. Anil Srivastava). Some of the featured speakers
included David T. Stern, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Harvey V.
Fineberg, MD, Ph.D., President, IOM; and Catherine Casserly, Ph.D.
Director of the OER resouces initiative, The William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation. Other speakers addressed regional OER Health projects and
issues as well as Creative Commons. An outgrowth of this symposium is
a national OER for Health Planning initiative. OERC is part of the
planning steering committee and is currently assisting in the
development of an OER for health white paper. It is anticipated that
this work will help guide the awarding of funds for OER health grants
and project activities.

New Executive Coordinator
The OERC Executive Committee is pleased to welcome Julie Estal as
the Executive Coordinator. Julie will provide administrative support
to executive committee meeting organization and communications as well as distribution of newsletters and newflashes.

Advisory Committee Members
We are priviledged to recognize the members of the OERC
Advisory Committee (AC). Members are linked to various organizations
but do not necessarily represent organizational opinions. Members
of the steering committee are asked to provide educational content, assist in identifying new contributing members and users, and to advise on project development. New AC members are being identified and all will be
included in future newsletters. Current AC members include:

1. Lawrence Lessin, Washington Cancer Institute/WHC (OERC Chair), Medical Oncologist
2. Anil Srivastava, Open Resource Expert, Open Health Systems Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery Campus
3. Aziza Shad, Georgetown University Pediatric Oncologist
4. Brenda Nevidjon, Oncology Nursing Society, Duke University
5. Dianne Kaseman, Health Care Consulting, Nursing Education
6. Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH Immediate Past President, American Cancer
Society, Washington Cancer Institute, Preventive Oncologist
7. Gracemarie Bricalli, European Society for Medical Oncology
8. Ian Magrath, President, INCTR
9. Joe Harford, Office of International Affairs, National Cancer Institute/OIA
10. Leslie Derr, National Cancer Institute/CBIIT/CaBIG
11. Norman Coleman, National Cancer Institute/DCTD
12. Raj Shah, President, Capital Technology Information Services
13. Stephan Thieringer, Across World Education Company, Inc.
14. Svetlana Jezdic, European Society for Medical Oncology
15. Victor Vuchic, Flora and William Hewlett Foundation
16. Aron Primack, MD, National Cancer Institute
17. Julie Estal, INCTR, Executive Coordinator.

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