Med – Ed
(This section is concerned with the effect of the Internet Age on the education of healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, etc. The Patient Education section is under “Patients” in the main menu)
Like many industries in the Western world,, the Internet age is changing education. The internet is leveraged to teach both med students, residents, and doctors, through the use of iPads, Smartphones, and Smartphone applications.
Today, med students re totally immersed in the Internet Age, as far as their didactic medical education. First of all, they are, what is called, “Generation Y”, or the first generation that grew up with computers in their home. They know computers, how to search effectively, how to download applications, how to text, email, send attatchments. So using the net is second nature.
There is a move away from the traditional lecture hall for basic sciences, although this tradition is maintained in some areas, like anatomy labs, other labs, etc. The med student of today is taught in many areas with micro-tutorials, and min-videos, that can be viewed on their computer device, at their own time, and convenience, or “asynchronously”. This is the method commonly called the “Khan Academy Method”, named after Salmon Kahn, the youngster that popularized this method of learning, and is free, and posted on YouTube.com, in many areas of learning. This system is funded, and well-liked by Microsoft founder and computer visionary Bill Gates.
Today, doctors are leveraging the interned for continued education, both in-hospital, and for conferences, to see the most recent and most innovative medical treatments. They are utiliizing Webcasts and Video Conferencing, and saving time and money, but not having to travel to a far-away place, like Tahiti or Cancun to get CME credits. In addition, physicians can utilize the same tools as the med student, mini-videos of subject that need to be learned, or re-visited, as well as the fabuolous next-generation books, Inkling.
Some people call the new way of learning “Flipped Learning, as explained in the following video
There is a group of Doctors in Ireland, in wee Dublin, who coined the word “FOAMed”
FOAM stands for Free Open Access Meducation
The term FOAM was coined in June 2012 in a pub in Dublin [watch the Dublin video] , over a pint of Guinness during ICEM 2012. FOAM is the concept, #FOAMed is the Twitter hashtag.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.
If you want to know how we practice medicine now, go to a (good) conference.
If you want to know how we will practice medicine in the future, listen in the hallways and use FOAM.
— from International EM Education Efforts & E-Learning by Joe Lex 2012
We review emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC) FOAM weekly in The LITFL Review. Anyone who reads it an
Clinical simulation is getting more popular in some medical education centers, like University of Florida and Abbott Northwestern Medical School. Real life situations with dummies are used to simulate real condition, and are filmed and critiqued. It is similar to Flight Simulation for Pilots. See the following video which explains this new technological method of medical education
MED ED HANGOUT, WITH NOTED MEDICAL EDUCATION LEADER, LARRY SHERMAN