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Lifelong Students of Medicine

Learning does not end in medical school, nor does a lifelong medical education only compromise continuing medical education courses. To be a lifelong student of medicine also means to be learning from your daily practice, researching, and collaborating with other medical professionals. The Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) can help physicians and other medical practitioners in these endeavors to continue as an enduring student, no matter what stage they are in their practice.

Often the best way to learn is from patient encounters and real-life scenarios. For example, the image of an incidental finding of a mediastinal mass during a workup for caustic ingestion can turn into a learning opportunity for the attending physician, through further research, communication with other physicians, and feedback.

But, if that same image is also published on the GLSI website along with a brief description, it becomes a broader opportunity for sharing information with healthcare professionals around the world. In a sense, it turns the physician into a published researcher and teacher all at once. 

In turn, when shared, this image is linked to similar images and videos on the GLSI website. In the mass example above, such an image would contain links to other types of masses, mediastinum images, and teratoma. This again provides a learning opportunity for the physician submitting the image, to learn from others on the GLSI website who have also encountered masses or tumors during relatively routine scans. The images are not perfect, textbook examples but real-life scans that exemplify how these masses might be encountered in routine practice.

Through collaboration on the GLSI website, physicians, medical students, interns, fellows, and other scientists can always be learning from the publications of other professionals, and at the same time be teachers by sharing their own encounters. The images and descriptions on the GLSI site are either one-off or part of a short series. They provide valuable, pertinent information to practitioners without being large, drawn-out research projects or journal articles.

While these images and descriptions are brief, that does not mean they were published without the appropriate vetting. Each submission to GLSI is reviewed by an editorial board of experts in their field. 

In order to submit an image or have access to the full library and continue your lifelong learning and teaching, simply complete the free registration section on the GLSI website. Once registered, you can submit images or video, and our editorial board will alert you as to their appropriateness for publication. You will automatically have access to all GLSI images and become licensed to use the content.