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OSHEAN Enables Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to Live-Stream Public Health Grand Rounds

Public Health Grand Rounds is a collaborative program produced by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The program enables medical professionals to further their education and training, as well as maintain or achieve important certifications essential to career development, with presentations that focus on a critical issue of importance in the rapidly changing health care system. OSHEAN enables far-reaching engagement within the medical community by live-streaming Public Health Grand Rounds sessions via the OSHEAN Video Commons Service, allowing interested practitioners to participate even if they cannot attend in person.

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to drive enrollment in the programs offered by Brown University’s CME Program and partnering organizations like the Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Brown’s Director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education Maria Sullivan enlisted the support of OSHEAN to enable live streaming of the Public Health Grand Rounds sessions. By utilizing OSHEAN’s Video Commons services and the capabilities of the high-bandwidth Beacon 2.0 network – one of the most powerful fiber optic networks in the country – Brown is able to connect with an audience that goes far beyond Rhode Island’s borders while also collaborating with sponsoring institutions like Women & Infants Hospital, an organization that hosted a recent Public Health Grand Rounds event. OSHEAN members who subscribe to the Video Commons Service are provided with video conferencing equipment and assistance with both setup and management of streaming events, making it seamless for users to quickly and easily create live or on-demand webcasts.

Sullivan had been working with OSHEAN’s video services specialist Jim Carr on recording lectures for re-broadcasting to members of the continuing medical education community. With the creation of the Public Health Grand Rounds and the support of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Sullivan realized the potential of utilizing the OSHEAN network to attract a larger audience to each session while also providing valuable educational resources to busy medical professionals, many of whom could not regularly attend seminars and other events due to schedule complications. OSHEAN now makes it possible to watch these sessions live or on-demand, providing maximum flexibility and seamless online streaming.

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