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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:724
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    Avatar is a lovely word—it conveys a slinky tapestry of the mystical and the technical. It conjures up both blockbuster and friendly pet. It means my online image or presence.

    When I teach I have efficient plans and outcome measures. I like small group learning for medical students. It is no loss; those endless hours of sitting in badly prepared lectures in badly heated rooms, going through the formality of learning. When I learn, materials are now all on line. My MD thesis is coming along nicely, based on global health …

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