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Missouri Medicine


As new medical students start their journey to become the next generation of physicians, they are in awe of the wealth of knowledge at their fingertips as they begin medical school. Every student brings with them a unique story, and most bring with them a high tolerance for technology. The internet, smart phones, and the personal computer have shrunk the academic world and allowed students access to entire libraries that fit within their pockets. Medical school curricula continues to try to evolve to meet students in their increasingly technology filled world. How are medical schools evolving to integrate technology into their curricula? What follows is a review of the application of different technologies in medical education and a close look at the most efficient uses of technology within medical school curricula. This discussion is followed by perspectives from professors and a student on the use of a variety of different technologies for teaching and learning including podcasts, YouTube, Twitter, and varying online resources.

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medical education, academic medicine