A book review in this section looks at the concept of online learning. It may be a while before e-learning totally supersedes our existing medical education, but the internet looks set radically to change the way in which we learn medicine. In September, the Cyber Medical College, an online virtual healthcare education portal, was launched at the British Association Festival of Science in Glasgow www.cybermedicalcollege.com. The website aims to provide access to postgraduate training and continuing professional development for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.
As yet there are no colleges claiming to offer e-medical degrees, but one Brazilian site, VUniversity http://sansao19.virtualave.net, aims to provide net users with online classes in all academic subjects, including medicine.
Elsewhere on the web there are a huge number of virtual universities offering courses in a variety of subjects. http://vu.org, based in California, claims to be the world's largest, with over 500 000 students