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Introducing the Elentra Consortium

April 4, 2018
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Entrada Consortium becomes Elentra Consortium

In March of 2008, the MEdTech Unit toiled away in a Barrie Street office in the School of Medicine at Queen’s University trying to come up with a name to describe a new collaborative development effort between Queen’s University and University of Calgary. We wanted to do more than just share code with each other; we wanted to create a sustainable and inclusive community that would eventually meet all of the teaching, learning and administrative needs of modern medical education.

After nearly three days of deliberation, we decided on “Entrada” which means entrance in Spanish and Portuguese. This name was significant to us because we felt that Entrada was the front door to your medical education curriculum.

After a quick Canadian trademark search cleared on March 12, 2008, (we weren’t thinking Internationally at the time) we decided to use Entrada and began our journey to success.

10-years later, the Entrada Consortium is a vibrant and thriving International community of 18 Medical schools, including our three founding schools: Queen’s University, University of Calgary, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Today, we are excited to announce that the Entrada Consortium will be rebranded as the Elentra Consortium.

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Our new name Elentra™ looks to the future (Ele = enhanced learning environment), while representing our past (entra), and will provide a home for the Elentra Platform, which consists of Elentra Admissions, Elentra ME, and Elentra CPD.

The most important cornerstone of this effort, our consortium, which has collaborated to create this amazing platform, remains represented by a solid and growing Elentra Consortium core team, a key strategic unit within Queen’s University.

Over the next 3-months, before the Elentra ME 1.13 release, we will be working hard to update the branding of our website, transitioning GitHub, introducing Jira and strong Agile development methodologies such as user stories, sprints, and epics. Further and more detailed updates will go out as these changes are applied.

One important question that has been raised by a few schools which have not renamed their local instance of Entrada to something other than Entrada is “can we continue to use the name Entrada?” Yes, we have no issue with your local implementation of Elentra being branded as Entrada, MedTech Central, Osler, Gryphon, eFlo, or any other name. Our Elentra rebranding effort does not need to impact your local implementation.

If you have any questions or feedback, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out by telephone, Slack, or email.

Sincerely,
Matt Simpson

Technical Director, Elentra Consortium
School of Medicine,
Queen’s University
Abramsky Hall, Room 206
Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6

Phone: 613-533-6000 x78146
Email: simpson@queensu.ca
Web: https://entrada.org