Medical Education in 2009

How should medical education change in 2009? Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer but am trying to find sites and projects that could probably answer the question soon.

First, I will re-launch my university credit course focusing on web 2.0 and medicine in 2 weeks. I will also publish all the slideshows and try to persuade students to participate actively in this movement. I hope I can generate some discussions about how to reform medical education with this initiative.

Second, according to a Medscape article we will see a few changes in the near future at least in medical publishing:

Why is it, then, that medical publishers can retain copyright and limit access? Recently, pressure from proponents of the open-access concept has resulted in the emergence of some open-access publication models. For example, several publishers now allow full-text access after a defined period of time, such as 1 year after publication. Should physicians and their patients have to wait 1 year before access to important medical advances? I think not.

We need leadership to push for immediate, full-text access to all clinical literature and we need that leadership now. To paraphrase a mentor, “Knowledge [should] be in the domain of the seeker.”


Third, the Medical Education Evolution project is still active and looking for contributors. If you have a great educational site in mind, please add it here.

Fourth, the Meducation site can provide you with some great resources on medical education.


Fifth, you should also check out the Medical Education wiki.

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