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
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

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