Elsevier launches interactive learning resource for medical students

STUDENT CONSULT augments key medical textbooks online.


Philadelphia, November 15, 2004 - Elsevier, the world-leading science and medical publisher, announces the launch of STUDENT CONSULT, a new online learning platform specifically tailored to meet the information needs of medical and health sciences students.

Developed closely with students and faculty, STUDENT CONSULT allows users to easily build their own library of linked and searchable information online--anytime, anywhere. When a student purchases one of over 30 Elsevier textbook titles, they can now access and rapidly search both that book's full content, as well as a wealth of additional, related information at www.studentconsult.com. The STUDENT CONSULT titles include prestigious offerings such as Cecil Essentials of Medicine, 6th Edition, Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4th Edition, Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 7th Edition, and new and updated editions in the Secrets Series®, specialty specific “question and answer” handbooks.

Each STUDENT CONSULT title has a 50 “integration links" feature, which helps students to recognize relationships among diverse topics and disciplines by connecting users to related content from other STUDENT CONSULT texts. The platform also comprises test banks and exam tips that facilitate study and self-assessment, videos and animations of functions and procedures, and an interactive “community center” complete with clinical case scenarios, “survival guides” and sample chapters from other Elsevier textbooks.

"STUDENT CONSULT is an ingenious idea whose time has come,” declared Vinay Kumar, M.D., Alice Hogge and Arthur A. Baer Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago, and lead editor of Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. “Being able to integrate information across disciplines is essential for the training of physicians and STUDENT CONSULT provides a powerful tool to accomplish that. Students now have an array of definitive texts at their disposal – and the ability to link basic and clinical information so essential to patient management. This is a perfect accompaniment to case based or problem based education."

STUDENT CONSULT also offers the option to download information to a handheld device, and even download illustrations from a complete online image bank for use in electronic presentations. 

Frequent content updating and feature enhancements, along with addition of other titles in 2005, will ensure that STUDENT CONSULT offers a robust combined print/electronic package which follows the current trend toward problem-based learning in the health sciences.

"We certainly are very excited about STUDENT CONSULT," said Linda Belfus, Vice President of Medical Education at Elsevier. "This online, integrated dimension to our textbooks will support students more efficiently, as our user testing has shown. Students told us what they wanted and what would enhance their learning experience, and we listened. It's the wave of the future, and we are proud to be leading the way."

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