Students teaching IT skills bridges digital divide
- By: Raghav Chawla
Teaching basic computing skills to fellow medical students during your elective may help narrow the digital gap between industrialised and developing countries, recent research shows (BMC Public Health 2004;4:37).
The study was done by UK medical students during their electives at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) in Dar es Salaam, the largest medical school in east Africa and the only public one in Tanzania. Most of its graduates serve populations of over 100 000 as the only doctor.
Eoin Young, a senior house officer at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, was one of the designers of the study. “We wanted to do something constructive with our elective, something that could become sustainable. Our intention was to demonstrate that it is possible for UK elective students to teach ICT [information and communication technologies] skills”, he told the Student BMJ.
In all, 92 fourth year medical students participated in the