Eric A. Brody, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and associate director of the Native American Cardiology Program (NACP) based at The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, has received a 2005 Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
The award was presented Oct. 17 at a ceremony during the Fall Training and Online Learning Conference and Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
The Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching award recognizes an outstanding individual who has creatively utilized the medium to inspire learning in a given subject. Recipients have taught a course, series or unit in a distance-learning format with an imaginative approach to the material, well-designed visuals and a demonstrated rapport with the participants.
Dr. Brody received the award for "EKG Jeopardy," his innovative distance education approach to teaching with the Native American Cardiology Program. Dr. Brody's novel videoconference approach is modeled after the popular television game show and generates enthusiasm for learning complex cardiology concepts among his students at a variety of Arizona sites. The teaching sessions are broadcast to multiple sites on the network of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the UA.
The NACP, in collaboration with the ATP, has established telemedicine services that are available to any Indian Health Service or tribal site across the nation with telemedicine equipment and appropriate connectivity. Services include monthly IHS Cardiology Grand Rounds for continuing medical education, clinical evaluations of patients for cardiovascular disease at a distance, Holter monitoring and routine and emergency echocardiography interpretation.
The annual USDLA awards program acknowledges major accomplishments in distance learning and highlights those instructors, programs and distance learning professionals who have distinguished themselves. The 2005 awards program focused on three major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning: online, videoconferencing and satellite distance learning.
"The USDLA awards have become the standard of excellence for recognizing achievement in distance learning," said John Flores, PhD, USDLA chief executive officer. "This year we received numerous entries. That made this an especially intense competition - the winners are truly superb."
"This year's award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in distance learning," noted Don Lake, USDLA secretary and chair of the awards committee. "The USDLA awards program honors outstanding contributions from across the spectrum of distance learning - from satellite and videoconferencing to online distance learning programs. These are the best of the best."