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Medical Education Evolution: Time for a change

I just finished my last exams so now I’m officially in the last year of medical school. I believe I know exactly the problems of medical education as there are some of them even at the best universities. I believe medical education is still traditional while medicine is not traditional any more.

Do you think today’s residents and physicians can answer the questions of e-patients? I know, medicine will never be an online service but there will be more and more e-patients who would like to contact their doctors through e-mail or Skype and would like to get some relevant/useful resources where they can find more information about their medical condition. Do you think today’s physicians can help these patients?

If we do not change medical education, there will be a strange situation: e-patients will know more about e-health than medical professionals. How could they help them that way?

I believe medical education is not ready for the 21st century and there are just a few good initiatives (one example). It’s not about changing the whole concept of medical education, but we have to implement the tools of medicine 2.0 into all the medical curriculums. We came up with an idea regarding how to achieve this:

Jen McCabe Gorman, Ted Eytan, and me created a Ning community for those who are interested in changing medical education. We’re working on a new concept and plan to find a medical school that would use it. Feel free to join us and let us know your thoughts.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s wonderful post about it.

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  1. Berci, Congratulations on finishing your last exams. Now the real fun begins in your final year of medical school!
    Cheers,
    Creaky

    July 3, 2008
  2. I cannot tell you how refreshing this is to read from a patient’s perspective. I will not go into a diatribe about why, but I do believe this is a must! I believe you can get a lot of informed patient support groups to back you. I know a large group that will if you are interested. I won’t advertise on your site, however.

    Again, please don’t let this be “just words” but truly ACTION.

    July 4, 2008
  3. Robin,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m in this project because I really believe in the power of it. So there will be progress in this field, you can take it for granted.

    Berci

    PS. Please send me an e-mail if you don’t want to advertise that community here.

    July 4, 2008
  4. It is a good initiative but I do not see much action going on on that site.

    July 6, 2008
  5. You know this is a very broad subject and what applies to one country or system does not apply to another. Medical Education is not the same for example in The US, Hungry, and Egypt. If some professors at one school do not know what Email is others at other school are much more tech savvy. So I think this conversation should be on a Country or Edu. System basis. This way people can talk on a common base.

    Regarding Web 2.0 and Medical Education. Sooner or later, I think, it will merge into the system. That is inevitable. You and I use these tools today. Tomorrow if we choose to pursue carries in Academic Medicine we will use these tools too … But you will be regarded by your students as being “old school” because there will be a thousand new applications that you have little or now experience with.

    You and I both think that patient-physician online interaction is common sense and probably a necessity but older physicians might find it too risky, unnecessary, or too hard to manage.

    The change will come no matter what. The only problem lays in the speed of this transaction. And this is probably the only factor that we can work on.

    My $0.02

    July 6, 2008
  6. yvonne #

    hi i really like this chapter

    July 31, 2008
  7. yvonne #

    i need to view more than this on this webside
    thanks

    July 31, 2008

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