I’ve been conducting the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camps for a long time. The feed back continues to be great and it has altered many podiatrists clinical practice that is the most gratifying for me personally. The content of the Boot Camps is constantly evolving and new information is continually being added and old information deleted. The framework changes and the content changes. It has now reached the stage that I was becoming worried about the amount I was getting rid of and I was exploring alternatives to make that older, but nevertheless good and helpful, material available. I was also beginning to find it more tricky to meet all the requests for Boot Camps in each city and finding it tougher to be away so much. The answer was to offer it online with significantly extended content, allowing me to go into greater depth with the material rather than be restrained by the two days that I typically had.
Over time, as a result of my engagement in debates on Podiatry Arena; writing my websites on critical thinking about the research (Running Research Junkie and Its a Foot Captain, But Not as You Know It) directed me to more issues with critical thinking, logical fallacies and the way to translate research into clinical practice being included in the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camps. It also guided me on (mis)adventures in social media outside my principal area of expertise, combating pseudoscience, woo, quackery and nonsense wherever and whenever it rared its head (ie vaccines, GMO’s, chemtrails, medical advice on Facebook, etc) and also to further comprehend the role that science plays not only in our own clinical practice, but also in being a good person of this world. Rather than add more of this to the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp content, I have spun that of into the course concerning how to Become a Skeptical and Critical Thinking Podiatrist. The content is entertaining, wide ranging and will make you a more rewarding clinician, thinker, end user of research and a better person of the world. This program is not what you would cover in a research methods program at University; but this is the program that I think should be the research methods that you do at University.
With time, more of the new material in the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camps was emphasizing ‘running’ as that is where so much was happening that was having an influence on changes in clinical practice, even in non-running associated subjects. It was increasing as a proportion of the Boot Camps material and I was starting to get a little uneasy with that. So I have spun off the running shoe material and considerably expanded it into a very in-depth course on Becoming a Running Shoe Guru. You will be a real authority at the end of that program.
That is exactly how all this began. The information is being made available online and more programs will come in the longer term. The material for each program is split up into 30-40 minute chunks so they can be completed in a single session at a time. They are not just a dull recorded PowerPoints with sound – they are made up not only of the PowerPoint but have talking heads, demonstrations, interactions with comments from other industry experts. That is what excites me the most as I can develop material further and include these experts. Rather than talk about them and paraphrase these people, I have incorporated them! At the bottom of each 30-40 minute chunk of content is a Q & A discussion board for questions. The questions and answers are there for everybody to see! After each Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp I used to get emails with queries. It always bothered me that my replies only went to the one person and never everyone who was there. This Q & A solves that issue. The delivery is based on the foundations of adult learning theory and research as well as most recent best practice in eLearning. Your learning is supported and when you enroll you aren’t left to your own to work through the material.
The other huge bonus of doing it this way is that you will have life time access to the content, so whenever I update any material or add material, you will get access to that. You will get access to the Q & A’s forever as more queries get asked and responded to.
Watch out for more details as it gets added.