Letter To The Editor: Medical Teachers And Students In India Should Receive Training In Information Communication Technology
D Kotasthane, V Kotasthane
D Kotasthane, V Kotasthane. Letter To The Editor: Medical Teachers And Students In India Should Receive Training In Information Communication Technology. The Internet Journal of Medical Education. 2012 Volume 2 Number 2.
Significant changes have taken place in field of medical education because of new technology and technological advances.1,2 Medical schools, particularly in developed countries, have invested heavily in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), not only to deliver education, but also to improve the quality of health care services. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations have acknowledged that ICTs are useful tools in the field of medical education and health care delivery.3 In developing countries like India, ICTs can be used to improve the quality of medical education and health care delivery system.3
Examples of ICTs include e-learning, telemedicine, videoconferencing, virtual universities, virtual patients, simulations, animations, medical informatics, robotics and telerobotics, biomedical practice, research and electronic medical records. In short, ITCs have revolutionized medical education, research and patient care.4
Challenges faced by today’s medical teachers in teaching tomorrow’s physicians are different from those faced by their predecessors, and changes in health care delivery and advances in medicine have increased the responsibility and expectations from academicfaculty.5 The traditional role of the educator has changed from disseminator of knowledge to facilitator. The use of ICTs is of vital importance in this new role of educators.6 Faculty, administrators and learners have found that e-learning and blended learning is a powerful force in medical education.7
Several studies (e.g. Nurjana
Hence, it is necessary to impart ICT training to medical teachers in India, and to incorporate ICT as a subject in medical curriculum. This will not only improve the quality of medical education, but also augment health care system and research.