E-learning: Is it the end of medical schools?
- By: Jason O'Neale Roach
The internet will radically change medical education The next decade may see the emergence of a new type of medical school. It will not be made of bricks and mortar, but based mostly in the hard drives of computers, accessible by thousands of students all over the world. New investment trends are driving this efficient, cheap, and convenient way of delivering information. While patient contact will remain integral to learning medicine, perhaps what will emerge is a way to personalise education, reduce costs for students, and prepare them more thoroughly for contact with patients.
In November 2000 Sir Brian Fender, head of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, called on private sector investors to take a stake in his £200m venture to set up an e–university. His venture was one of several. Universitas 21 is a network of United Kingdom and overseas universities linked with an electronic publishing group