Stanford University Online Classes for Medical Students

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The global education industry is witnessing great changes in the form of online education which has revolutionized the learning process. In the queue of online learning Stanford University has recently announced to be more interactive. They will now offer online classes for their medical students.

Andrew Patterson, a Stanford Associate Professor of anesthesia, told that the professors’ lectures in the college and students listening are old methods of teaching. Now the time has changed. The era for online education has arrived. The whole group of Stanford Medical Professors, Education technology specialists and partners from Khan Academy are working towards the future online education.

Charles Prober (senior associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine) and Chip Heath (a professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business) expressed their views through an article titled “Lecture Halls Without Lectures – A Proposal for Medical Education” which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine .This article reflects the idea that the process of imparting education to doctors has revolutionized. It grabbed the attention of the readers nationally.

Prober is the motivating force behind the Stanford Medicine Interactive Learning Initiatives (SMILI). He believes in merging the new technology with the old patterns of teaching. He believes in the practical and fruitful dissemination of medical education that can provide hands on experience to the students.

The motto of SMILI is to provide a “seamless concierge service for faculty” to help the teachers to clear their doubts and then make online class materials with the support of the school’s education technology staff.

This program received mixed reactions from the faculties. Some take it positively but others are having confusion regarding its effectiveness.

The data has not been prepared yet but still many medical classes and programs are taking step ahead. The students can watch videotaped lectures before attending classes. They can pause or replay the video if they are not able to understand any particular point. The students who don’t even attend the classes can participate in the discussions; can do group exercises, putting into practice what they’ve seen in the videos.

Prober suggested the medical schools to share the videos and curriculum.

Griff Harsh, a professor of neurosurgery and associate dean of postgraduate medical education, in a meeting told that there will be nine online pilots which will be created this year for practitioners enrolled in medical education.

The benefits of online education have a wider scope. The use of online education will add expertise and familiarity to medical studies and profession.

Taking classes online is a popular way for working professionals to have a chance to earn a degree at their own way. The step taken by Stanford University in online education platform for medical students will really be considered as a landmark in the medical history. The aspirants should welcome new changes and enrich their medical learning.

Good Luck!!

Vaishali Arora

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