Abstract Title
iDiabetes: Designing objective-based online diabetes website for medical students


Kevin E Boczar
Michael Froeschl


4II Learning / eLearning 1


University of Ottawa
University of Ottawa Heart Institute


Diabetes is a growing epidemic in today’s society and the pathology affects multiple organ systems and areas of the body.  The purpose of the current project was to design and implement a comprehensive and multimedia educational website for medical students to use throughout their medical education to see how diabetes affects the various body systems.




Summary of Work

The University of Ottawa curriculum was examined and all learning objectives related to diabetes were identified.  Material was written for each objective and organized by both University of Ottawa Unit and by body system.  The website was then created using the Word Press software.  The website was populated with the organized material and published online.

Summary of Results

Ottawa Diabetes is an interactive, curriculum-based website designed to achieve the learning outcomes identified by the competency-based curriculum. This open-access e-learning tool is a comprehensive learning resource that incorporates various learning modalities. Material is tailored to University of Ottawa medical students but is relevant for medical students from all schools.


Undergraduate medical education is shifting away from traditional didactic methods towards a more self-directed learning environment. E-learning has emerged as a vital learning modality that allows students to apply key principles to practical scenarios in a truly personalised approach.

Take-home Messages

Ottawa Diabetes provides an opportunity for active self-directed learning while disseminating knowledge in an evidence-based and clinically relevant fashion. Ottawa Diabetes Educational Website encourages students to take an active role in their education and drive medical education initiatives in response to the evolving curriculum. As the focus of medical education shifts towards independent learning, student-led educational tools such as the Ottawa Diabetes website have emerged as essential resources for students.


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