Communication and Information Technology in Medical Education

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Ward, J., Gordon, J., Field, M., & Lehmann, H. (2001). Communication and information technology in medical education. The Lancet, 357(9258), 792-796.

ISSN: 0140-6736


The past few years have seen rapid advances in communication and information technology (C& IT), and the pervasion of the worldwide web into everyday life has important implications for education. Most medical schools provide extensive computer networks for their students, and these are increasingly becoming a central component of the learning and teaching environment. Such advances bring new opportunities and challenges to medical education, and are having an im pact on the way that w e teach and on the way that students learn, and on the very design and delivery of the curriculum . The plethora of information available on the web is overwhelming, and both students and staff need to be taught how to manage it effectively. Medical schools must develop clear strategies to address the issues raised by these technologies. W e describe how medical schools are rising to this challenge, look at some of the ways in which communication and information technology can be used to enhance the learning and teaching environment, and discuss the potential im pact of future developments on medical education.


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