The CEN Educational Modules
In 2013, the Endocrine Society of Australia joined the Society for Endocrinology (UK) in adopting Clinical Endocrinology (CEN) as their Society's official journal.
This was a stimulus for the Editors to activate an initiative, which had been planned for 2 years to "unlock the educational potential" of the Journal. Although the Journal's Impact factor (currently 3.4) remains the key benchmark, the Editors believe that articles published in a Society's clinical journal should also be tailored for continuing education and specialist training.
CEN Educational modules are based on articles which are in press or recently published in CEN. The module expands the paper into a topic by including:
Revision Material to provide background, Take Home messages to emphasise the clinical points, Expert Commentary to integrate the material from the article into the current literature - useful for preparation of Journal Club presentations.
Multiple Choice Questions (using FRACP format and standard) to test understanding of the module content.
Historical Context to provide a broader understanding of the Art and History of Endocrinology. The modules identify the components of the RACP and RCP's curricula which are covered by the module and each module has clearly defined Learning Objectives. On completion of the module, a printed certificate documenting time spent on the module can be downloaded for CPD purposes.
The modules are accessible by registering at:
To date the website contains the following modules:
Module 1. Giant Prolactinoma
Module 2. Metabolic consequences of long menstrual cycles
Module 3. Pheochromocytoma crisis.
Module 4. Maternal hypothyroxinaemia and it's effects on the child.
Modules completed ready to be released:
Module 5. Pubertal Gynaecomastia. (August 1st)
Module 6. Insulin autoimmune syndrome. (September 1st)
Modules 7 Fetal programming and maternal nutrition (October 1st)
Module 8. Bone markers, Skeletal mineralisation and Small for Gestational Age (October 1st)
Modules assigned and in preparation
Module 9. Mineralocorticoid replacement and 21 Hydroxylase deficiency and Transition care. (November 1st)
Module 10. Thyroid cancer markers and prognosis (December 1st)
Module 11. Primary Hyperaldosteronism (December 1st).
Each module is written by either an advanced trainee or a consultant endocrinologist with an interest in the particular topic from Australia or the UK. The module is then reviewed by an expert in the field to ensure balance and validity of the material. Stephen Judd is the CEN senior editor, overseeing the project. He welcomes feedback on the modules and invites anyone interested in writing a module to contact him.