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Digital Education in Medical Education: Literature Review

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Published in JMIR Medical Education It turns out that digital education in medical education has become more popular in recent years.

The author used a bibliographic approach to publish and evaluate the scientific literature on digital education and research in medical education, presenting recurring research topics, productive authors, research institutes, countries, and journals.

We searched the Web of Science electronic database to identify articles related to digital education and research in medical education.

Dr. Eva Schaden of the Medical College of Vienna said: “The rapid advances in information technology and global Internet access have the potential to completely replace traditional face-to-face medical education with digital teaching methods, including but not limited to remote education.”

Digital education is often used in so-called hybrid learning along with traditional approaches. Blended learning has been well received by students, but has not made a significant difference compared to traditional methods based on final test scores.

Digital education in medical education shares similarities with other areas of education to enhance self-study and computer literacy skills.

In the context of medical education, digital education can be applied to the education of medical students, resident or professional training, and the ongoing medical education of physicians.

Digital education applications in medical education have some major potential barriers.

  1. Existence of technology or infrastructure
  2. Institutional support
  3. Trained educators, and
  4. Overall acceptance by students

Thousands of scientific studies have investigated different types of digital education applications in medical education.

Dr. Scheden and his team concluded that the literature analyzed in this area contained 3978 publications. Literature has contributed globally, with the most productive countries being the United States and the United Kingdom.

The reviews were heavily cited, but there was no significant difference between citations for open access and non-open access articles. Some themes such as virtual reality, innovation, trials, effectiveness, and anatomy were cited more. Various aspects of medical education were tested for digital education, including gross anatomy education, histology, complementary medicine, medicinal chemistry, and basic life support.

Some studies have shown that digital education can increase learning satisfaction, knowledge acquisition, and even cost effectiveness. This is especially useful for clinical education during a pandemic and provides insights into highly infectious diseases and rare diseases for which there are no cases available in the community.

Increasing use of digital tools in post-pandemic education

For more information:
Andy Wai Kan Yeung et al, Digital Education in Medical Education: Science Literature Landscape Review, JMIR Medical Education (2022). DOI: 10.2196 / 32747

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