Publications by authors named "Simon York Ming Huang"

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The revised Approved Instructional Resources score: An improved quality evaluation tool for online educational resources.

AEM Educ Train 2021 Jul 16;5(3):e10601. Epub 2021 May 16.

Division of Emergency Medicine Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System Los Angeles California USA.

Background: Free Open-Access Medical education (FOAM) use among residents continues to rise. However, it often lacks quality assurance processes and residents receive little guidance on quality assessment. The Academic Life in Emergency Medicine Approved Instructional Resources tool (AAT) was created for FOAM appraisal by and for expert educators and has demonstrated validity in this context. It has yet to be evaluated in other populations.

Objectives: We assessed the AAT's usability in a diverse population of practicing emergency medicine (EM) physicians, residents, and medical students; solicited feedback; and developed a revised tool.

Methods: As part of the Medical Education Translational Resources: Impact and Quality (METRIQ) study, we recruited medical students, EM residents, and EM attendings to evaluate five FOAM posts with the AAT and provide quantitative and qualitative feedback via an online survey. Two independent analysts performed a qualitative thematic analysis with discrepancies resolved through discussion and negotiated consensus. This analysis informed development of an initial revised AAT, which was then further refined after pilot testing among the author group. The final tool was reassessed for reliability.

Results: Of 330 recruited international participants, 309 completed all ratings. The Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) score was the component most frequently reported as difficult to use. Several themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: for ease of use-understandable, logically structured, concise, and aligned with educational value. Limitations include deviation from questionnaire best practices, validity concerns, and challenges assessing evidence-based medicine. Themes supporting its use include evaluative utility and usability. The author group pilot tested the initial revised AAT, revealing a total score average measure intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of moderate reliability (ICC = 0.68, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0 to 0.962). The final AAT's average measure ICC was 0.88 (95% CI = 0.77 to 0.95).

Conclusions: We developed the final revised AAT from usability feedback. The new score has significantly increased usability, but will need to be reassessed for reliability in a broad population.
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July 2021

Identification of Bioactive SNM1A Inhibitors.

ACS Omega 2021 Apr 31;6(14):9352-9361. Epub 2021 Mar 31.

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada.

SNM1A is a nuclease required to repair DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) caused by some anticancer compounds, including cisplatin. Unlike other nucleases involved in ICL repair, SNM1A is not needed to restore other forms of DNA damage. As such, SNM1A is an attractive target for selectively increasing the efficacy of ICL-based chemotherapy. Using a fluorescence-based exonuclease assay, we screened a bioactive library of compounds for inhibition of SNM1A. Of the 52 compounds initially identified as hits, 22 compounds showed dose-response inhibition of SNM1A. An orthogonal gel-based assay further confirmed nine small molecules as SNM1A nuclease activity inhibitors with IC values in the mid-nanomolar to low micromolar range. Finally, three compounds showed no toxicity at concentrations able to significantly potentiate the cytotoxicity of cisplatin. These compounds represent potential leads for further optimization to sensitize cells toward chemotherapeutic agents inducing ICL damage.
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April 2021

The impact of social media promotion with infographics and podcasts on research dissemination and readership.

CJEM 2018 03 13;20(2):300-306. Epub 2017 Sep 13.

**Division of Emergency Medicine,McMaster University,Hamilton,ON.

Objective: In 2015 and 2016, the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM) Social Media (SoMe) Team collaborated with established medical websites to promote CJEM articles using podcasts and infographics while tracking dissemination and readership.

Methods: CJEM publications in the "Original Research" and "State of the Art" sections were selected by the SoMe Team for podcast and infographic promotion based on their perceived interest to emergency physicians. A control group was composed retrospectively of articles from the 2015 and 2016 issues with the highest Altmetric score that received standard Facebook and Twitter promotions. Studies on SoMe topics were excluded. Dissemination was quantified by January 1, 2017 Altmetric scores. Readership was measured by abstract and full-text views over a 3-month period. The number needed to view (NNV) was calculated by dividing abstract views by full-text views.

Results: Twenty-nine of 88 articles that met inclusion were included in the podcast (6), infographic (11), and control (12) groups. Descriptive statistics (mean, 95% confidence interval) were calculated for podcast (Altmetric: 61, 42-80; Abstract: 1795, 1135-2455; Full-text: 431, 0-1031), infographic (Altmetric: 31.5, 19-43; Abstract: 590, 361-819; Full-text: 65, 33-98), and control (Altmetric: 12, 8-15; Abstract: 257, 159-354; Full-Text: 73, 38-109) articles. The NNV was 4.2 for podcast, 9.0 for infographic, and 3.5 for control articles. Discussion Limitations included selection bias, the influence of SoMe promotion on the Altmetric scores, and a lack of generalizability to other journals.

Conclusion: Collaboration with established SoMe websites using podcasts and infographics was associated with increased Altmetric scores and abstract views but not full-text article views.
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March 2018