Integration of computer technology into the medical curriculum: The King's experience

  • Aitken V
  • Lewis A
  • Booton P
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King's College London has developed a new curriculum which prepares students to deliver a high?quality clinical service. A variety of active?learning techniques are utilized to produce a deep approach to learning with an emphasis on vocational needs in the domains of knowledge, attitudes and skills. Integration of academic and clinical studies, as recommended by the General Medical Council (GMC), poses a number of difficulties, particularly in terms of communication between disparate geographical sites. The new curriculum aims to take advantage of computer technology to supplement and enhance traditional methods of learning and to ensure that students are competent in a defined range of skills. To aid integration, all students joining the new course are offered notebook computers and enhanced access to desktop computers, both with facilities to link to the main network This allows students to use multimedia material incorporated into the new curriculum and to access online services from remote locations. This paper reviews the integration of such computer technology into the new medical curriculum at King's.

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  • Vickie Aitken

  • Alex Lewis

  • Paul Booton

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