IMPROVING MEDICAL EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY

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IMPROVING MEDICAL EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY

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  • 1. IMPROVING MEDICAL EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY Dr.T.V.Rao MD We many times train our Medical students with diabetic lectures, rarely the skills are demonstrated so many of our students are very good in the theoretical background, and an average medical student will have few skills at the end of the graduation. Even the post graduate student’s quality in upcoming Medical is poor and have least skills. The concept of education in many developed countries is performing skills are a top priority. Many branches of science, and medicine in many developing countries too are opting to Educational technology, sometimes termed EdTech or Learning Technology, is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Never forget we can always add human touch to the modern technology, the term educational technology is often associated with, and encompasses, instructional theory and learning theory. “Students not necessarily grownups even children and adult people are growing up in a vastly changing context. No aspect of their lives is untouched by the digital era which is transforming how they live, relate and learn some examples of these changes in the classroom include: Problem Based Learning, Project-based Learning, and Inquiry-based learning. Together they are active learning educational technologies used to facilitate learning. Technology which includes physical and process applied science can be incorporated into project, problem, inquiry-based learning as they all have a similar educational philosophy. The medical colleges in India must seek the help of the computers in the skill sharing with much of the information available to the students as well to teachers on World Wide Web. The great problem remain with many senior teachers even the so called young are reluctant to use technology causing digital divide, a part from non-availability of broad band connectivity and slow internet connections. Teachers have gaps in understanding the appropriate uses of technology in a learning environment. Similar to learning a new task or skill, special training is vital to ensuring the effective integration of classroom technology. Many younger generation of teachers agree the technology taking every one of us in its direction, The past decade has seen an exponential increase in the use of modern technology in the field of medical education-learning and web casting are examples of educational strategies that have become commonplace in many medical institutions. More recently, interest has moved towards the use of mobile technologies to improve learning. Pod casts and video casts, audio and video files respectively, can be downloaded to portable computer devices such as an MP 3 player or iTunes. They are being increasingly used for lectures. Some of their many advantages include portability, facilitation of learning “on the go,” and encouragement of self-directed learning. Selective replay to consolidate particular weaknesses can also be useful. Many of the Medical colleges are least equipped with minimal clinical materials, just run the matters to bluff the Medical Council of India. Simulation based medical education allows the learner to use a variety of resources that aim to mimic real life situations. Simulation includes simplistic procedural models that have been used for many years to assist individuals in task specific clinical skills—for example, genitourinary models for catheterisation, a hand washing technique a minimal need to reduce the Hospital acquired infections. In recent years, new software and hardware have been developed to produce impressive high tech and high fidelity simulators for complex procedures such as laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy. The most sophisticated simulators are often in dedicated centres and can replicate tasks and environments simultaneously. In many of these the model can have heart sounds, breath sounds, and select-able electrocardiogram traces, and it can be possible to cannulate and intubate the same model. These simulators can be used to re-create a scenario in an operating theater, for example. Audio-visual recording equipment is usually available to facilitate the valuable feedback process. We can take heart from the progress
  • 2. that has been made over the preceding decades. We now have generations of students and doctors who consider training in teaching methods as part of the norm. Educational excellence, along with clinical excellence, is increasingly being recognized and rewarded appropriately. And avoid many litigation in practice of medicine. However, we cannot rest on our laurels, qualifications with our titles, and must continue to strive to improve how we teach and to embrace new ways of delivering teaching, while not losing sight of the main goal: to be better at treating patients and delivering high quality healthcare. The Medical teachers should be proactive to improve the quality of Medical education and technology, as it is one of the tools which can change the perceptions of our students for better performance. Major Ref - Effective teaching skills—how to become a better medical educator Authors: Shvaita Ralhan, etal Dr.T.V.Rao MD Professor of Microbiology Freelance writer