Sajjad Yacoob, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, was recently awarded the Provostâ€™s Prize for Teaching With Technology at the sixth annual Teaching With Technology conference.
Each year, two awards of $5,000 are granted to faculty members who have found dynamic and innovative ways to integrate technology into their curricula.
Prof. Yacoob, who also serves as the Keck Schoolâ€™s assistant dean of student affairs, was recognized for his work deploying technology to enhance clinical reasoning.
Since 1997, he has accumulated a multimedia archive of more than 1,000 case studies and lectures, incorporating digital images, as well as video and audio clips. His archive is based on patients treated at Childrenâ€™s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and it also has been used to help train more than 3,000 Keck School students to generate differential diagnoses in real-world scenarios. This archive has been utilized as the foundation for multimedia-based small-group mentoring sessions and large-group lectures.
Prof. Yacoob also played a key role in the development of CHLAâ€™s electronic medical records system, helping to design a curriculum around it that addresses issues of quality, safety ethics and professionalism. Yacoob travels frequently as a consultant to medical centers in the United States and abroad.