The Power of Shared Expertise

Matthew McGirt, MD
Antonia Callas

Digital tools, such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing, are revolutionizing the world and transforming the way we access information and communicate with each other. With its long history of educational innovation, the CNS continues to lead the way by incorporating digital technology that helps neurosurgeons do their job more effectively.

In 2015, the CNS partnered with eRounds to launch mCase Exchange, a private, online community that allows CNS members to share and discuss cases with each other in a mobile, practice-based learning environment. Officially launched this past September at the CNS Annual Meeting in New Orleans (Figure 1), mCase Exchange is a tool that offers learning through shared clinical experience—and offers unprecedented connectivity among CNS member neurosurgeons.

McCase Exchange is a much more effective and safe means of collaboration than simple text messaging or emailing of images, which could contain personal health information (PHI). The platform provides security tools that allow users to quickly erase any personally identifiable content. The community is secure and users are verified, giving CNS members the confidence to leverage the power of shared experience anytime or anywhere.

By applying forward-thinking social media technology to practice-based education, the CNS empowers its members to organize and share more than 140,000 collective years of neurosurgical knowledge through one platform. The mCase Exchange community brings the experience and knowledge of many to a single surgeon-patient decision.

Dr. Matthew McGirt’s unveils mCase at the 2016 CNS Annual Meeting.

The mCase Exchange Platform is available to all Active and International members. Visit cns.org/mcase for a QuickStart guide and video. If you are a CNS member, your login information was emailed to you. If you did not receive an email, please contact CNS membership at membership@cns.org.

MCASE EXCHANGE IS LIKE FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AROUND THE OLD LIGHT BOX LOOKING AT FILMS FOR A TOUGH CASE, BUT NOW YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES CAN BE ANYWHERE, RADICALLY EXPANDING THE POWER OF EXPERTISE. I LOVE THE USER EXPERIENCE.” –NATHAN R. SELDEN, MD, PHD, 2015 CNS PRESIDENT