Teaching medical students of the future: High-tech is the way to go

Teaching medical students of the future: High-tech is the way to go

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Call them Generation Y, millennials, or the internet generation if you will – the new generation of medical students are digitally native, which means traditional textbooks and lectures need a reform for more effective teaching in a fast-paced tech-savvy world.
19 Dec 2016 - General
Today’s generation of students are very apt with the use of technology. Thus, they require different teaching tools and newer methods of learning that can keep pace with their technologically-savvy nature. Academicians and professors should them adjust their teaching methods and approaches to cater to this need. Though the old “chalkboard” style lectures may be effective in some cases, these may not anymore be enough to keep up with the students’ needs. These new methods, like using Snapchat and...
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Snapchat is indeed popular within the younger generations today. It is in almost all the phones of my students, and an app that they open regularly to view their friend's stories. Watching snaps on surgery seems like an interesting concept, though the maximum recording limit is only 10+ seconds or so. It will definitely have high reach, but we have to be careful about the sharing abilities it possesses, and also the fact that snaps never actually disappear - they stay within the cyberspace p...
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2016 has been a significant year for high tech teaching methods. For instance, medical virtual reality and augmented reality are real game changers. Virtual reality could elevate the teaching and learning experience in medicine to a whole new level. Today, only a few students can peek over the shoulder of the surgeon during an operation and it is challenging to learn the tricks of the trade like that. Many of these new advancements are expected to change the face of medical education and practic...
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