Internet Tutorials | John Faughnan | Robert Elson

Syllabus: Introduction to the Web for Physicians

Syllabus Contents

  • Introduction
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Content Outline
  • Author and Document Information
  • Handouts (other pages)
  • Syllabus- Introduction to the Web for Physicians with IE4
  • A Family Physician's Starter Bookmarks
  • Search Engines: Google, AltaVista and Profusion
  • Getting Connected
  • MindSpring- A Typical ISP
  • Small ISPs and Rural Internet Access
  • Intro Net Reading and Refs
  • Glossary - Introduction to the Internet

  • Introduction

    This introductory tutorial is aimed at physicians who do not routinely use Internet email and/or a web browser. Participants use a web browser (Internet Explorer) throughout the tutorial -- all tutorial materials are on the world wide web. The tutorial is "hands on" from the start. We cover using a web browser, managing the world wide web, and getting connected. We recommend software and services based on personal experience. The FP Starter Bookmarks page is used to introduce participants to clinically useful web sites, including patient education handouts and literature searching.

    tutorial web site:

    Goals and Objectives

    Goals Objectives
    1. Acquire a foundation for use of the Internet.
    2. Use Internet resources effectively and efficiently.
    3. Acquire and use additional references as needed.
    1. Acquire basic vocabulary.
    2. Learn basic IE web browser mechanics.
    3. Browse web sites and complete tutorial exercises.
    4. Perform Google and EBIG searches.
    5. Compare "portals": Yahoo vs. MSN
    6. Navigate FP Starter Bookmarks.
    7. Be able to select an Internet Service Provider.

    Content Outline

    Part I: Browser & Web Intro Part II: The Web and
    Getting Connected

    Introduction (5 min)

    1. Orientation
    2. Speakers
    3. Web Site & Slides

    Internet Explorer (20 min)

    1. Using IE Browser
    2. Customizations

    Web I (20 min)

    1. WWW mechanics
    2. URLs
    3. FP Starter Bookmarks

    Break (5 minutes)

    Web II (35 min)
    1. Finding Things
    2. Google, EBIG
    3. IE Favorites
    4. Registration and Passwords
    5. AAFP site & examples
    6. Fun Exercises!

    Connections (15 min)

    1. How It Works
    2. Getting Connected
    3. Rural Internet Access
    4. MindSpring - A Typical ISP

    Discussions and Q & A (10 min)

    Author and Document Information

    John Faughnan is a family physician (FAAFP), graduate of the Health Informatics program at the University of Minnesota (MS, 1998), former National Library of Medicine Fellow (1994-1997), and product manager at (1997-present).

    Some of this material was co-developed with Robert Elson, who has a similar bio.

    All of the materials presented, including this document, are graciously hosted on the University of Minnesota Health Computer Sciences web server:

    Last Revised: 01 Feb 2002. Author: John G. Faughnan M.D. and Robert Elson M.D. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this and related pages are strictly those of the page authors. Anyone may link to or print out any of these pages.