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The virtual ISPOG Academy: how E-learning can enrich (our) society EDITORIAL The virtual ISPOG Academy: how E-learning can enrich (our) society HARRY VAN DE WIEL1, PAUL L. P. BRAND1, WILLIBRORD WEIJMAR SCHULTZ2, & KLAAS WIJMA3 1Wenckebach Institute, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, 2Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, and 3Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Linkoping University, Sweden Cultural changes and scientific progress requires health care professionals (HCP) to update their knowledge continuously and keep their practical skills state of the art. In order to do so we all make use of learning objects like scientific journals and evidence-based guidelines. For psychosomatically oriented professionals however, for whom education is more than transfer of mere knowledge, this is useful but not enough. When ‘schooling’ is also involved, i.e. when professional attitude, communication, cooperation and other more reflective competences are at stake, journals and guidelines provide a too limited medium. Psychosomatic teaching requires didactical support in terms of rich illustrations, video material and, best of all, interaction, discussion and feed- back. That is exactly why our congresses are so popular, where experts express all these extras in their oral presentations, clinical lessons and work- shops. This social or constructive way of teaching and learning unfortunately has one major flaw. After a few days the scientific community breaks up and the only noticeable traces in collective history are formed by the abstracts. Reductionism at its worst! And no matter how well the interaction at the moment of presentation was stored in individual memories, they lose their impact with impressive speed over time. In order to fill this gap, the editors in chief of this journal, supported by the board of ISPOG, would like to propose a new in

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