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    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
    Bok, Derek

    (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.

    Med Students

    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.

    In August, 2012, University of California at Irvine’s Medical School, …” has developed a comprehensive, iPad-based curriculum, reinventing how medicine is taught in the 21st century and becoming the first in the nation to offer entering students a completely digital, interactive learning environment.”  Med Students today are offered the benefit to use, as textbooks, “Inkling books”, which provide a wonderful interactive interface in the new generation of textbooks, with links, videos, and other great stuff. 
    These fantastic interactive books have to be seen, to be truly appreciated, in the following video

    Physician Education

    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,

    Physicians will have to keep up with the quality of information that is on the internet, since the physician’s role will be redefined to, at time, as more or less a “mentor” to the patient.
    The doctor needs to insure that the patient is getting quality information, and will need to give guidance to the patient to top-quality websites, which is why the physician needs to be educated about what’s out there on the internet, as far as valid medical information.

    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 .  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



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