Over the last four months I’ve been enrolled in the IHTSDO’s SNOMED CT Foundation Course. Yesterday I was informed I’d passed the final assessment and have a certificate to prove it. Hooray!
The course was delivered online as three modules as shown in the table. It was a well structured course presented with a high level of production quality. The teaching format would be familiar to anyone with MOOC experience, with slides discussed by a presenter in more detail during short videos. The first two modules were assessed with “multi-guess”-type questions with a generous amount of time for completing answers. The final assessment was in two parts: theory and practical. The practical component was conducted using the IHTSDO’s SNOMED Browser. The pass-mark for all assessment was 80%.
Having worked in e-health for a number of years I started the course with some knowledge and experience with SNOMED. This was useful, especially in Module B and C. Other content was very dry and proved a challenge, even for a motivated student with some knowledge and a little experience using SNOMED.
The most useful parts of the course were those later parts that moved into implementation and had practical components. This bodes well for the more advanced Mapping and Implementation courses, which I am now eligible to complete having passed the Foundation course. I also found IHTSDO’s SNOMED Browser valuable, although I must point out that CSIRO’s Snapper and Shrimp tools are also excellent 😉
Overall the course provided a lot of value for the student considering it was free and, based on this experience, I hope to complete the Implementation and Mapping courses in the near future.