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From: "Sangeeta Wadhawan" 
Date: Thu Sep 6, 2001 8:06pm
Subject: Oral health

Dear All ,

There is a great opportunity to include "Oral health" with other topics
related to general health. I learned about a web site
(www.pitt.edu/~super1) from Dr. Ronald LaPorte. I was impressed by the
idea. I would like to include a major set of lectures on oral health, with
your help. I think it would be wonderful to have  200 PowerPoint lectures
on all aspects of oral health that anyone can use world wide.  I have begun
contacting experts such as you to see if you would be interested in joining
to develop  an oral health "supercourse".

At present the Supercourse has 4600 faculty from over 3500 universities and
110 countries who created a Library of Lectures with 430 lectures which are
available on the Internet. An additional 1000 lectures promising a cutting
edge, cognitive design have been pledged.  This information is being shared

We invite you to share with us your best lectures on Oral Health.  If your
lecture is in PowerPoint, it takes only 2 hours to be developed into a
Supercourse lecture. All you need to do is to add notes to your PowerPoint
lecture as to what you would say on each slide.

You would get full credit for providing the lecture with your name and
affiliation at the beginning of the lecture. Consider your best lecture or
presentation and think how many people see it each year. Typically a
lecture is seen by 40-50 students a year.  On the Supercourse site,  your
best lecture will have the potential to reach 20-30,000 students/people
each year.

Your lecture or presentation would be a welcome addition to this
educational site. It will only take 5 hours of course preparation compared
with 10-20 for a brand new lecture.  Your lecture/s will serve as a
resource for the beginning teacher by providing a template that can be
modified to meet their specific goals and objectives. Remember the first
day that you ever taught. For most of us it's a horrible hour.  But why
should the 7000th teacher have to prepare from scratch a lecture on
fundamentals of oral hygiene? The most critical group will be those
teachers in developing countries who have do not have access to current
oral health journals.  One cannot provide a quality education without
access to up-to-date information. These lectures will provide up to date
information free of cost. In developed countries we rarely see "Noma", and
lectures from Sudan and other third world countries can bring this into our
classrooms.  In return our lectures on Type I diabetes and caries can be
shared world wide.

Enclosed is a detailed description on the supercourse (MS Word document)
for your perusal.
We look forward to hearing from you.


Sangeeta Wadhawan BDS, MPH                          Ronald E. Laporte, Ph.D.
DPH, Resident                                               Director,
Disease Monitoring &Telecommunication
NYSDOH, Albany, NY                                 WHO Collaborating Center
Professor of Epidemiology
Sangeeta Wadhawan
3512 Fifth Ave. Rm 310

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  15261 USA
Phone  (412) 383-2746
Fax    (412) 383-1026

         Epidemiology, Global Health and the Internet Supercourse

Question:  What is the best way to improve epidemiologic training worldwide?
Answer: Get better lectures.

Question:    How do we improve lectures and research translation?
Answer:     Have academic faculty worldwide share their lectures:

Question:  Will faculty share lectures?
Answer:    Yes,  The Supercourse has 4600 faculty from 3500 universities
from 110 countries who created a Library of Lectures with 430 lectures
available on the Internet  and 1000 pledged with cutting edge cognitive
design.  This is being shared worldwide.

We were funded three times by NASA, and we are now the only R01 grant on
prevention funded by the National Library of Medicine.  We are developing a
"Library of Lectures" with passionate lectures in epidemiology, global
health and the Internet.  Our program consists of:

1. Shareware:   A Global faculty is developing and sharing their best, most
   passionate lectures. This benefits all.  The experienced faculty member can
   beef up old lectures. New instructors reduce preparation time and improve
   their lectures, using state of the art lecture templates from others.
   Faculty in developing countries have access to the latest prevention
   information for the first time the format is annotated Power-Point.   All
   CDC lectures are available on our site.

2. Statistical Quality Assurance:  We have established a Deming Model of
   Statistical Quality Control to monitor lectures over time

3. Supporting the teachers: The Library of Lectures consists of exciting
   template lectures by academic prevention experts in the field.  The
   classroom teacher  "takes" them out for free like a library book.  We train
   the teacher rather than direct distance teaching of students.

4. Hypertext comic book:  The lectures are icon driven, and the students
   can go deep into the Internet for more information.

5. Presentation Speed:  We have developed technologies to speed access to
   lectures world wide

6. Text books:  British Medical Association has put current text books online for us

7. Multilingual:  For global use, the first lecture is in 8 languages

8. Faculty:  Jeff Koplan, head of CDC, John Patrick, VP from IBM, and John
   Last, the father of preventive medicine, have provided lectures as has Vint
   Cerf, the father of the Internet. Four Directors of NIH Institutes have
   also promised lectures.

9. Leapfrogging the Digital Divide:  The Internet reaches <3% of the
   world's population. We are copying the Supercourse on CDs and floppies to
   reach many more.

We have submitted or published over 99 papers in leading medical journals
including the Lancet, British Medical Journal, and Nature Medicine among
others. Specialty Supercourses are being developed, such as in Islamic
Health.   A similar distribution system is being developed for Russia.  WHO
developed a Supercourse.   We have distributed 3000 CDs worldwide as well,
which are being duplicated to reach over 60,000 students and teachers.  We
have 31 mirrored servers across the world.