The Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP)
Supported by ACMT
GETUP is aimed at increasing toxicology education between centers with and without medical toxicology services through videoconferencing.
Please fill in the registration form and survey to join.
1. To establish a global network of centres passionate about education and connect people of different backgrounds and experiences.
2. To connect countries with toxicology services and those without through videoconference.
3. To educate and share experience of patients with toxicology based problems
4. To establish long term connections between health services around the world and improve toxicology education.
Interested centres would nominate a fixed day and time once a month (ie 1st Wednesday as part of regular case discussions) to videoconference for 1 hour. Each centre would also preference if they were interested in more than one centre to videoconference with. Our committee would match up centres with similar times and forward contact details to both parties who would then further arrange conferencing. All parties need to be happy with their matched centres.
GETUP is a project aimed at connecting countries with established clinical toxicology services and countries without clinical toxicologists around the globe. The international boundaries to medical education are becoming less marked as new technologies such as multiuser videoconferencing are developed and become more accessible to help bridge the gaps. Benefits of videoconferencing allow real-time interaction without the need to be in one location. In 2013, the Austin Hospital Toxicology Service in Victoria, Australia; Fresno Toxicology Service in California, USA and Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, Fiji became the pilot sites for a multinational education project. The aim was to share different views on toxicological problems, teach EM residents and also offer education to countries without a toxicology service. In the first year, 30 different centers in 19 different countries have either trialled or responded positively to invitations to participate in the project.
Google hangouts is being used as the teleconferencing software. It is free, easy to setup and available on many platforms. The software allows up to 10 different members to simultaneously conference in real-time. The potential for upgrade to the software and long term sustainability is another positive.
Skype is also available for multiuser video conferencing
English will be the adopted multinational language for communication.