Advancing Health Technology Education
Previously, health education was limited to
ggovernment vs private hospitals
The primary teaching material in a healthcare campus is a patient. On the whole, patients admitted to government medical institutes received free treatment, as the state pays for it. Such a population has always been cooperative in attending teaching-learning sessions. With the advent of private medical schools, this equation has changed. Often patients refuse to be part of the teaching and learning environment since they are paying for their treatment. Moreover, in highly literate states, patients would not be forthcoming under such circumstances.
Evolution of medical training
Medical education has quickly moved from chalkboards and patients to smart classrooms and virtual patients. The technological transformation of medical education has transformed primary health care into advanced quaternary care, in the form of robotics. This has been possible due to the rapid advancement in medical education technologies by raising the gold standards of medical curriculum through mapping, blueprinting, changing goals of specific learning, application of teaching learning, virtual patient assessment and other rapidly accelerating high-fidelity technologies. during the global pandemic.
New technologies are imbibed into the healthcare system for the benefit of patients. This includes the patenting of better drug delivery methods, nanotechnology/genetic studies, biotechnology advances, robotics in laparoscopic surgeries and artificial prostheses. Multi-organ transplantation and/or hand transplantation requires new methodologies and theories. The qualification of doctors within the framework of these innovations is essential to health training to avoid any disruption. Highly accredited medical schools organize fellowship training programs to ensure the same.
Electronic health records, AI, robotics, evolution of online courses on various platforms, application of modern technologies in biomedical research have increased medical teaching technologies as well as platforms more recent and interactive assessments, as provided in various state-of-the-art learning management systems (LMS). . Teaching and learning methodologies have evolved rapidly even after the pandemic has slowed, as evidenced by the advent of evolving technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), envisioning a future where physical and digital entities can be linked.
Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) has guidelines for asynchronous learning as well as synchronous learning. Learning should not be limited to lectures or teaching hours. Students are encouraged for self-directed learning through exploratory methods, which may include online learning modules and published literature sources, and the role of the faculty member or teacher is a facilitator for the same thing. This encourages learners to be autonomous in the teaching-learning process and to be updated with the latest concepts.
Conventional conferences used to be didactic, whereas now they are interactive and take place in ICT (
(The author is principal and teacher,