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April 11, 2013

Saving Lives with Gus: Learning with Dummies

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

In the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, our goal is not to do all of the social media at Mayo Clinic, but to provide guidance and assistance so others can use these tools effectively for health-related purposes. We particularly want to help our Mayo Clinic staff bring their ideas to fruition, so that's why we're excited today to help launch the Saving Lives with Gus series.

The series was inspired by David Farley, M.D., who co-directs the Simulation Medicine Fellowship program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Surgical Dr. Farley challenged a couple of his research fellows to come up with a project using the sim center that could save at least one life per year.

So Raaj Ruparel, M.D., and Yazan AlJamal, M.B.B.S., developed a pilot video, which has been refined and is launching today as the first in the Saving Lives with Gus series.


See the news release for further details.

We're excited to have been able to facilitate this project, which will involve the fellows releasing a new educational video each Friday. We hope you'll help spread the word about #SavingLivesWithGus. And if you have an idea for a topic they should cover, please suggest it with a tweet or in the comments below.

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Alexandra Tursi

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Posted by @alexandratursi, Apr 12, 2013

This is so cool! We have a “Sim Lab” here at Fletcher Allen/University of Vermont and this gives me some ideas for sharing that team’s knowledge and programs.

More broadly, I think these video tools are incredible educational opportunities, not only for health professionals in the US, but around the world. For those interested in how video is being used to help health professionals globally, check out the Global Health Media Project (, based in Vermont. Content is based on international standards of care, and has been reviewed by global medical experts and field-tested among frontline health workers in developing countries. The videos are free to download for offline use.

Posted by @LeeAase, Apr 12, 2013

Cool! Thanks for sharing the info about the Global Health Media project. It would be interesting to know more of the story around that and what they have been able to accomplish.

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