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    AlwaysDreaming is offline Member 512 points
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    Online Medical School?

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    Are there any online medical schools for the basic sciences courses?

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    AlwaysDreaming is offline Member 512 points
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    Is there any reason why I can't get a medical education looking at a video of a professor rather than being directly in front of him or her in real life?

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    What if your goal, was to prepare yourself for real medical school this way? In other words, you go to an online video medical school to train, study, prepare and see if this is something you really want to commit to before you do so? Or it could be used to help you study for the USMLE or your medical school classes.

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    The purpose of the Online medical school is to

    1. prepare students for real medical school, they can take the online courses and see if this is something they really want to do. Is the material too hard to comprehend? Can you connect with the material? Would learning this material first give you an edge when you actually went to medical school and made your medical school experience a lot smoother?

    2. Students who don't have awesome memory could watch the online videos and acquaint themselves with the knowledge, so that when they take the actual courses in real life, they learn the material much easier. There are people who want to be doctors, but dont have rapid memory, it takes some people longer to put things in their long term memory.

    3. A place for students to review material on courses they are taking in real live medical schools, if they are in a tough class and want to go over some of the materials they learned they can do so by watching videos on the subject or reading transcripts or even looking at really high resolution digital images online.

    The purpose of an Online Medical School is to provide a world class education, imagine making class room videos from the best professors in the world and having the ability to re-watch, rewind, fast forward and access text word transcripts from a single web site. Imagine noble prize winning professors teaching classes and having access to these videos to watch as many times as you want.

    Every medical book in the world could be scanned using high resolution scanners and put online in the PDF format (with authors permission of course) and made available for people to download for a fraction of the price a normal printed book would cost. As it stands now if you can get 70 to 80% of every medical book from a file sharing site or bit torrent file sharing service. I'm not going to advocate doing so if it is illegal for students to downloaded copyrighted books, but I believe there is a fair use clause, i'm just attempting to illustrate that right now you can pretty much get any medical book online if you hunt hard enough.

    What I am suggesting is that every basic sciences class be video'd using a high resolution video camera and converted into digital formats which could be streamed on the Internet, downloaded from the Internet or mailed to someone on a DVD.

    Along with downloading the videos, one could download PDF books and interact with online training guides, tests, quizzes study guides. There would be live chat rooms, discussion forums and other interactive Internet tools people could use to communicate, collaborate, discuss, there are even audio chat rooms and online conference software students could use.

    I'd also like to suggest this Online medical school have audio files that people can download and put on their Ipod or other MP3 / MP4 devices so that people can listen and review their courses when they are traveling, in the car or in some circumstances where they can listen but not necessarily look at a video screen.

    How many basic sciences courses actually require the necessity of you being present? I could see the need to be present for classes such as Anatomy if you are dissecting a body, or other classes like pathology if you are looking at slides through a microscope. However, the question remains the same, why do you need to be present for those classes? Aren't there enough high resolution images of the human body you could easily study at home on your computer? Why can't one look at pathology slides over the computer?

    Students can even schedule meetings with adjunct professors over skype and talk about problems or use web cams to go over problems and issues.
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    Not the best idea.

    As far as anatomy goes, there's nothing like touching and seeing the real thing. It's also important to do lab work in relation to the sciences which is impossible to facilitate in an online setting. I also wonder how the integrity of the examination process can be maintained in online.
    I think online medical degrees should be limited to medical transcription certifications as they just don't hold up to traditional education.

    We have a saying in Bulgarian, something like: "If one could learn only by watching, the dog would be the best butcher in the world"

    That's all I can think of in regards to distance-learning in medicine.

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    What types of classes do you think could be taught via high resolution videos and rich internet media and which classes do you think could NOT be taught through high resolution videos downloaded from a web site?

    For Anatomy you said NOT, do you have any others that would be NOT?

    Which basic sciences courses could be taught through distance learning?

    Which pre-med courses could be taught through distance learning.

    How about the Kaplan USMLE courses (which get good reviews) are they video, audio, read or taught in person?
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    The program in Samoa has an online component for the basic sciences (Oceania University of Medicine). Graduates are currently in residencies.

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    I'd like to make the prediction that in 10 years, there will be over 1,000 online medical schools and the educational standards will be better than the current (2010) top 100 medical schools in the world.

    Imagine the ultimate online medical school in the world, it would have the best professors from the top medical universities in the world teaching the courses and a dozen adjuncts answering questions for students.
    Launching in the Fall of 2015, "Medical School DOT TV" video and educational resources for potential, new and existing medical students.

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