Friday, July 31

The King Kong List For Free Medical Online Resources!

"A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession
- Martin H. Fischer

After reading Dena White's excellent post on free health and medical online courses, I realized that I have yet to compile a juicy list of free medical online resources. Also, since I am now the e-Learning Manager for IMU (International Medical University), it makes even more sense to do such a thing. Actually, I need to get my act together and smash together another juicy list right now!

Here is a juicy collection of free medical resources, games and courses (still under construction!) that you might want to use for your personal learning, or embed in your course/training/program as supplementary, or core resources to enrich the students' learning experiences.

Let's start with...

  • Medical Slides World
    SlideWorld is a web resource designed to facilitate educational process of medical professionals. It is a PowerPoint Search Engine that enables you to search more than 7 million presentations (.ppt) on medical related content. The site is open to anyone and is free of cost. Academic faculties and clinicians in practice from worldwide have contributed to the web portal.
    Is a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials, assessment tools, and faculty development resources. All copyright and patient privacy issues are addressed during the submission process so users around the globe can download and utilize any and all of the published resources for educational purposes without legal infringements.
  • MedWorm - Medicine RSS
    Search over 6000 authoritative Medical relates RSS feeds from one place.
  • Medpedia
    Is a long term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. The Project provides a free online technology platform to any individual or organization that can benefit from its use.

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OpenCourseware (JHSPH OCW) project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses.

    JHSPH OCW Image Library
    enables you to search or browse to find and download hundreds of images from OCW courses. Most images are licensed for reuse, and their incorporation into your own educational materials is encouraged by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of our commitment to the open sharing of educational resources.

    In addition, you might want to check out Johns Hopkins Podcasts, too.
  • Health Sciences Online (HSO)
    HSO is the first website to deliver authoritative, comprehensive, free, and ad-free health sciences knowledge. Search and browse any health sciences topic from over 50,000 courses, references, guidelines, and other learning resources. Materials are selected from accredited educational sources including universities, governments, and professional societies, by knowledgeable staff at HSO.
  • Human Body and Mind - Interactive Body (BBC)
    An amazing interactive exploration of the human body and its functions.
  • Visible Body - 3D Human Anatomy
    Is a free virtual human anatomy website with detailed models of all human body systems.
  • Medical Videos
    Is an online library dedicated for videos and movies related to Medicine and Surgery to provide one easy place to find whatever a doctor,medical student,nurse or any individuals involved in medicine to find whatever he/she looks for.With a simple broadband connection you can enjoy the high quality medical videos either to learn new techniques or to be updated with the latest advances in medicine.
  • Think Anatomy
    They have found links to the best anatomy resources on the Internet, categorized them, reviewed them, and put them in one place for you. Thank you :)
  • Street Anatomy
    Street Anatomy is the creation of Vanessa Ruiz, art director, medical illustrator, blogger, and all out anatomy fanatic. It obsessively covers the use of human anatomy in medicine, art, and design. Street Anatomy began as a blog to educate people about the field of medical illustration and slowly evolved into an exploration of how anatomy is portrayed in everything from fine art to advertising.
    This is a comprehensive site providing Video lectures, LiveOnline Tests, Audio lectures etc in the fields of Biology, Physics,Chemistry,Mathematics,Computer Science,Engineering,Medicine, Management and Accounting etc FREE to its visitors... This site provides free video/audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will definitely help learners around the globe. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License. Currently, they have 3100+ videos in their database.
  • MerckSource
    Offers a wide variety of core health tools and resources, available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have designed this website with your health and medical needs in mind. Best of all, it's free and it has absolutely no advertising. No distractions. Just credible health and medical information at your fingertips.
  • Medical Animation Library
    Free medical animations as provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System. This content is "bandwidth intensive." The latest versions of the following browser plug-ins must be installed: Shockwave and Quicktime.
  • Molecular Movies
    This web resource presents an organized directory of cell and molecular animations, as well as a collection of original tutorials for life science professionals learning 3D visualization. The goal is to provide an efficient way for scientists and educators to browse and access existing animations for teaching and communication purposes.
  • Human Embryology Animations
    It explores General Embryology, Cardiovascular Embryology, Development of the Head and Neck, Gastrointestinal Embryology, Development of the Limbs, and Urinary and Reproductive Embryology. Amazing stuff!


  • Digital Medicine and Technology in Medical Education (Dr. Neelesh Bhandari)
    Assessing the impact of Digital technologies on Health care.
  • Wishful thinking in Medical Education
    A GP and Clinical Lecturer in Cardiff University (Wales, UK) interested in the use of new technologies to further medical education. This blog explores how to use the tools that are available, and how we can help students get the most out of learning, and become better doctors.
  • Aestheticdoctor (Dr. Chin Shih Choon)
    Discusses lifestyle, beauty and the latest trends in medical aesthetics.
  • Please suggest more :)

Educational Games
Here is a sizzling collection of free educational games related to health, medicine and life (more EduGames!):
  • FreeRice
    Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple game that increases your knowledge (vocabulary, language, maths, geography, chemistry, etc). For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
    The game will help to expand your vocabulary and help children in need while doing so. For every correct answer they will donate .25 cents to children in need.
  • Re-Mission
    Understand cancer better and develop a positive attitude toward defeating it.
  • WFP Foodforce
    Understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it.
  • The POD Game
    Dispense drugs and medical advice to people during an emergency. Using this game, you can enhance your efforts to teach staff and volunteers to work efficiently and sensitively with the public to maximize throughput in times of crisis.
  • Blood Typing
    In this game you have to blood type each patient and give them a blood transfusion.
  • Virtual Hip Surgery - Total Hip Replacement Surgery
    Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip replacement surgery!
  • Virtual Knee Surgery - Total Knee Replacement
    Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
  • The Ear Pages
    Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. Explore "The Ear Pages" and collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz!
  • Immune Attack
    An educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. It aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.
  • The Immune System Defender
    Ilya Mechnikov, inserted a thorn into a larva and noticed strange cells gathering around the thorn. The cells were eating any foreign substances entering the ruptured skin (devouring cells). Play the game to learn more!
  • Whack TB (Tuberculosis)
    There are almost 9 million new cases of TB each year; about 500,000 of these cases are resistant to the best TB drugs available to fight them. Play this game and learn more about fighting TB!” From the Families USA Global Health Initiative.
  • The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective
    There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits among kids, and we need to solve these cases. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. Have fun playing the game!
  • The Food Detectives Fight BAC!
    The game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. From New Mexico State University.
  • Fatworld
    A video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S.
  • WaterBusters!
    A game to teach tips for water conservation around the home.
  • Energyville
    It’s up to you to provide enough power to meet the energy demands of your city’s 3.9 million people while keeping them prosperous, secure, and living in a clean environment. The implications of the energy decisions you make today for your city in 2015 are based on the current lifestyles and the projected energy demands and costs for developed countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
  • ElectroCity
    ElectroCity is a new online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It teaches players about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.
  • Ayiti - The Cost of Life
    What is it like to live in poverty? Find out now in this challenging role playing game in which you take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti. From UNICEF with Microsoft support.
  • Stop Disasters
    The online game aims at teaching people on how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Multiple languages. Good teacher resources.
  • Real Life Simulations
    That let you experience life as, for example, a peasant farmer in Bangladesh, a factory worker in Brazil, a policeman in Nigeria, a lawyer in the US, or a computer operator in Poland, among others.
  • 3rd World Farmer
    It aims at simulating the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. In the game, the player gets to manage an African farm, and is soon confronted with the often difficult choices that poverty and conflict necessitate.
  • Climate Challenge
    A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.
  • Global Warming Interactive
    Is a web based multi-user educational game which explores the relationship of global warming to economic, political and science policy decisions (intended for the high school user).
  • Quest Atlantis
    Help students understand social studies, environmental concerns, current events, and scientific standards.
  • Deliver The Net Game
    Race the sun and hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can to African families. The more nets you deliver – before the mosquitoes come out – the more lives you save.
  • Harpooned
    Harpooned is a free game for Windows. It is a Cetacean Research Simulator, where you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.
  • WolfQuest
    Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate.

Open Courseware (OCW)
Here is a collection of interesting Health and Medical OpenCourseware you might want to explore further (Check JHSPH OCW for more!):

  1. Impact of Pandemic Influenza on Public Health (Johns Hopkins)
    This training examines the path of the avian influenza and examines how it could impact world health.
  2. Population Health (Tufts University)
    This course explores the relationships between population health and public health, animal health and human health, and clinical and population-based health practice.
  3. Human Growth and Development (Tufts University)
    This course explores the various developmental "tracks" longitudinally from birth to death, and the individual at various cross-sectional stages/ages of life.
  4. Managed Care and Health Insurance (Johns Hopkins)
    This course explores the major issues related to the design, function, management, regulation, and evaluation of health insurance and managed care plans.
  5. Population Change and Public Health (Johns Hopkins)
    This course introduces the basic elements of population studies, including: population size, composition, and distribution, and the causes and consequences of changes in these characteristics.
  6. Public Health Biology (Johns Hopkins)
    This course explores population biology and ecological principles underlying public health and reviews molecular biology in relation to public health biology.
  7. Addiction and Neural Ageing (The Open University - UK)
    This course examines some of the biological and psychological issues underlying addictive behaviours and the ageing of the nervous system.
  8. Nutrition and Medicine (Tufts University)
    This course teaches basic nutrition principles that are relevant to other medical courses such as pathology, growth and development, and pharmacology.
  9. Microbiology (Tufts University)
    This course explores the principles of infectious agents, including the basic tactics used by microbial pathogens to establish infectious diseases.
  10. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (Johns Hopkins)
    This course explores the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities.
  11. Implant Dentistry (Tufts University)
    This course is explores the fundamentals of Implant Dentistry, including the basic concepts and foundation of diagnosis, treatment planning and sequence of treatment with the patients, practice coordinators and prosthodontic faculty members.
  12. Principles of Drug Development (Johns Hopkins)
    This course explores the underlying preclinical and clinical development of new therapeutic drugs and procedures. It describes and evaluates specific examples, and discusses legal and ethical regulations that apply to drug development.
  13. Oral Public Health and Community Service (Tufts University)
    This course examines the impact of society, disparate cultures, attitudes, health beliefs and risk behaviors on oral public health.
  14. Challenging Ideas in Mental Health (The Open University - UK)
    This course takes you on a journey of discovery where you are invited to challenge ideas, both new and old, in relation to mental health.
  15. Geriatric Dentistry (Tufts University)
    This course considers dental needs of the rapidly changing and ethnically diverse geriatric population. It covers a wide range of lecture topics, from Nutrition and Aging to Oral Cancer and Other Pathologic Lesions of the Geriatric Patient.
  16. Preclinical Complete Denture Prosthodontics (Tufts University)
    This is the introductory course to the treatment of the edentulous patient and continues as the student progresses to the Advanced Clinical Complete Denture Lecture Series and the clinical treatment of patients.
  17. Introduction to Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness (Johns Hopkins)
    This presentation introduces the topics of disaster mental health services, mental health surge capacity, and psychiatric first aid.
  18. Improving Understanding and Collaboration among First Responders (Johns Hopkins)
    This unique training addresses the institutional culture of five responder groups: law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and private security in an attempt at fostering understanding among these groups.
  19. Biological Agents of Water and Foodborne Bioterrorism (Johns Hopkins)
    This presentation examines the various biological agents that terrorists could use against food or water supplies.
  20. Agricultural Science and Policy I (Tufts University)
    This course highlights the relevance of natural resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural, food and environmental systems, as well as the various approaches for implementing it.
  21. Introduction to Human Nutrition (UC Berkeley)
    This course provides an overview of digestion and metabolism of nutrients.
  22. Introduction to Neuroscience (MIT)
    The course will span modern neuroscience from molecular neurobiology to perception and cognition.
  23. Health Issues for Aging Populations (Johns Hopkins)
    Introduces the study of aging, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons.
  24. Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of Aging (MIT)
    Lectures and discussions in this course cover the clinical, behavioral, and molecular aspects of the brain aging processes in humans.


This 'First Aid' resource section is 90% inspired from Michelle Fabio's excellent post on 'Mission to Learn'. Here is a list of 11 recommended free first aid online resources:

  1. American Heart Association e-Learning
    Lots of information on heart emergencies with basic First Aid, CPR, and AED courses (for a small fee) that can be completed anytime, anywhere; also has a Pocket First Aid & CPR iPhone application.
  2. American Veterinary Medical Association Pet First Aid
    Printable information on how to deal with small and large pet emergencies from poisoning and seizures to broken bones and heatstroke.
  3. CPR Dude
    Run by an American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid instructor, this site offers lots of information presented in a fun, interactive way.
  4. FirstAid4All
    Comprehensive resource with information on dealing with emergencies like choking, absence of heartbeat or breathing, poisoning, sunstroke, and electric shock as well as with accidents like burns, cuts, fractures, dislocations, bruises, bleeding, and foreign objects in the eyes or ears; also provides a checklist so you can create your own first aid kit to keep handy.
  5. First Aid Web
    Offers free self-guiding CPR and First Aid courses with regular quizzes to chart your progress; note in order to receive certification, there is a fee.
  6. Health World Online
    Instructions for dealing with many different kinds of accidents and emergency situations including animal and insect bites, fainting, frostbite, hyperventilation, seizures, splinters, and more.
  7. Kids Health
    Great for parents, the First Aid & Safety section covers how to prevent and respond to emergencies at home, outdoors, and also away from home.
  8. Mayo Clinic
    Lots of information on how to deal with accidents and emergencies, including corneal scratches, chemical splashes, head trauma, snake and tick bites, and nosebleeds; also tips on making your own first aid kit.
  9. University of Washington School of Medicine
    Includes instruction on first aid for choking, standard CPR, hands-only CPR, CPR for children and infants, and CPR for pets; also printable instructions, videos, fun facts, and even iPhone and Android applications.
  10. Waveland Fire Department
    Offers guidance on CPR procedures and the Heimlich Maneuver for choking victims, including helpful diagrams and illustrations.
  11.  American Academy of CPR and First Aid Inc.
    Provides online first aid and cpr training courses created by team of authorized U.S board certified and licensed medical doctors.
  12. CPR Certification & Online Training Classes
    Provides tips on how to get a CPR certification.

Reading, exploring and mastering these resources, does not qualify you to become a doctor (of any form). For medical and all-star wrestling professions you are required by law to go through formal education and be certified to ensure better safety and life for everyone :)


Judy Baker, Ph.D. said...

Be sure to check on the quality of any health site by looking for the HON code. For info about the Health on the Net Code, see

Jeff Cobb said...

Great post, Zaid! And thanks for the link to Dena's post on Mission to Learn.

Unknown said...

Cool. Thanks Zaid.


Neelesh said...

Am a doctor and medical elearning professional, and a subscriber to zaidlearn for more than two years.
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ZaidLearn said...

Dear Dr. Neelesh Bhandari,

Thanks for sharing your awesome sites/blogs with me. I have added them in the 'Blogs' category and if you can suggest other great medical educational blogs, now that would be wonderful :)

Cheers and warm regards,


Neelesh said...

Heres one other blog i follow, Zaid
Wishful thinking in Medical education.


ZaidLearn said...

Dear Dr. Neelesh Bhandari,

Thanks for sharing with us the blog. I have added it to the list :)

Have a great week exploring, discovering and learning :)

Warm Regards,


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