Mr Gideon Shimson - Director of the Digital Learning Hub (Imperial College London)
Mr Paul Gagnon - Director of e-Learning & Instructional Systems and Services (LKCMedicine)
The digital revolution is impacting almost all aspects of our lives and is changing the way education is created and delivered, but at the same time the actual practice of medicine. Over the past two decades, we have seen an exponential growth in the use of digital technologies for healthcare, as well as the development of educational technologies that are transforming teaching and learning.
These two developments pose a question for medical schools about how they design curricula that will: adapt skills, behaviours and tools that allow medical professionals to meet the growing, changing needs of patients and societies; enable future doctors to work in a digital age; leverage technology to drive better and more innovative pedagogy. The exploration of how to design curricula that is fit for the future, and the ways in which opportunities presented by digital will enable this, are key areas that this conference theme aims to address.
During the conference we would like to facilitate discussions around the connections between technology and medical education, considering both current and future practice; how the experience of learners and teachers can be enhanced and made more accessible to a global community; and how we can enable medical professionals to augment patient experience.
Some of the emerging themes that recur during these discussions can be summarised as follows. The way digital healthcare and innovation is changing the health delivery system asks new questions about the role and skills of doctors, and therefore the way we train them. Compounding this are the changes to patient expectation and behaviour, alongside the changing expectations of students in a digital age, and as such these changes need to be addressed through the curriculum.
Teaching digital healthcare as part of the curriculum is one way of equipping students with the skills, knowledge and behaviour to operate in a more digital, and constantly evolving environment. This goes hand in hand with the digitaltransformationof education, embedding concurrent innovation in pedagogy and digital as we design content, train educators, and deliver an enhanced experience to learners. The integration of digital will also open up education to a far wider audience, allowing medical schools to share knowledge and practices at scale and distance.
The exploration of artificial intelligence, immersive technologies (such as virtual and augmented reality) and the use of simulations are also presenting opportunities to innovate. Immersive technologies in the classroom show great potential to transform education and training, and open up promising opportunities for research. Alongside this, artificial intelligence for learning could contribute to improving both teacher and learner experiences through initiatives such as automated grading. The discussion around automated and digital assessment also extends to the future of patient cases, and how simulations can be used to raise competence in the most cost-effective way, and at scale.
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