Technology As A Teaching Tool In Medicine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The internet, social media and the relative ease of taking video and audio and sending it virtually anywhere is revolutionizing the way we do everything from buying groceries to talking to family members around the world.

I can only speak for medical education, but I am quite sure it is the same for colleges, law school and many disciplines. We are still largely using standardized tests from the fifties and sixties to evaluate knowledge. Again, I won’t speak to college boards and law boards but in medicine we have an opportunity to provide lifetime education and testing with real world scenarios and, rather than a multiple choice test given periodically, there is a chance to actually see how physicians relate to real world problems.

It is happening slowly, but speeding the process up a bit could be beneficial for patients.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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