Open Medical Publisher
Free online medical education, for everyone, worldwide.
Project Tulip is 100% free and 100% open. So no matter if you are with or without access to a university, no matter if you can or can not afford textbooks and no matter where you are; through Project Tulip anyone can study the foundations of modern medicine.
What we stand for.
Project Tulip is an open publisher by medical doctors who believe that you should be able to learn whatever you want, whenever you want and however you want. This means students and professionals need the right tools to study online and it’s why we believe that precious time spent studying must be used as efficiently as possible. In the era of life-long learning in a digital world, studying medicine never stops.
The Project Tulip Foundation was founded in 2018 on the philosophy that a team of dedicated physicians can create digital medical education for the world. Everything produced by Project Tulip is published under an open license, which means our material is always available and you are free to add, alter, republish and create anything you want. Our core principle in content creation is the medical student, which means that we produce content that is a final study product – worthy of expensive paid alternatives.
Students and medical professionals using our material creates value for public institutions, commercial marketing strategies and philantropic organizations. Their donations form the core of our financial model. Project Tulip does not sell ads or user data, and does not make concessions regarding its objective content for financial, political or other reasons.
Medicine has been taught in a very traditional way for centuries. Classrooms for the masses, huge textbooks and finally some practice on hospital floors. However, since the beginning of this century we’re clearly heading towards digitalization…
Not only do students prefer online solutions to regular textbooks; education is changing with it. Blended learning is a combination of offline and online methods working in harmony to provide the best learning experience. Often this comes with the concept of flipping the classroom, which usually comes down to students studying the basics at home and relying on in-class hours to practice, discuss and ask questions. As a result, for both students and faculty in medicine the demand for online education is high. The supply however, is lacking. Why is that?
In short; doctors don’t have the time to create and update their online material, and often lack the skillset to work with web, video and online course design. Supporting faculty staff do have this skillset, but are heavily reliant on doctors for their designs and knowledge on the material. Bridging this gap has proven difficult as this problem is known for some time, but has seen only a handful of solutions mostly by doctors who committed fulltime to the educational cause.
As a whole, the academic medical community has started cutting back on the time for in-class education, but failed to provide an online alternative.
Meanwhile, Western students are left scavenging for online recourses, with widely varying levels of quality from so many incomplete sources. With every organ system or specialty, the available resources change completely. Some of the material may even be outdated or no longer supported by modern browsers. The process of searching for reputable sources alone is a frustrating cycle that repeats itself over and over. With this comes the problem of curation. How do you know how much of this information (which is all new) one should study? There is a clear need of professionalization of the material guaranteeing structure, quality, curation and accessibility.
Students in developing countries often lack access to (affordable) education in the first place, and have no free alternative for higher education. Furthermore, studying online in one’s own pace means that it is no longer required to attend classes during ‘business hours’ which means it’s not necessary to quit one’s daily responsibilities in order to study.