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Evaluate the scientific literature on digital teaching in medical education using a bibliometric approach

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Recent JMIR Publications “Digital Education in Medical Education: A Landscape Review of the Scientific Literature” At JMIR Medical Education, who reported on the growing popularity of digital education in medical education in recent years.

These JMIR medical education authors use a bibliometric approach to uncover and evaluate the scientific literature on digital teaching research in medical education, recurring research topics, productive authors, research organizations, countries, and indicated the journal.

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 University of Vienna said: “Rapid advances in information technology and global internet access may make it possible to completely replace traditional face-to-face medical education with digital teaching methods, including but not limited to remote education. .”

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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. Schaden and his research team concluded in JMIR Publications Research Output that the literature analyzed in the field of digital teaching research in medicine 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 particularly useful for clinical education during pandemics and provides insight into highly contagious diseases and rare diseases for which there are no locally available cases.


Journal reference:

Yang, AWK, etal. (2022) Digital Education in Medical Education: A Landscape Review of the Scientific Literature. JMIR Medical Education.