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MANUSCRIPT: Effective Use of Educational Technology in Medical Education (2007)

There is no doubt that educational technologies have enhanced teaching and learning in medical education. There is also no doubt that technologies will continue to evolve and become further integrated into all facets of our professional and personal settings. The medical education community must be able to assure itself that the information presented to medical students and the venues through which it is presented are compatible and optimize learning and justify the substantial investment of resources (people, facilities, money) that these resources require. For medical schools to“make the case” for such investments it is imperative that use of technology be linked to what we know about learning. Often there is a “cultural lag” in appropriately pairing novel technology with effective use, making it essential that medical educators be confident that educational theory guides and supports their use of technology.

Effective Use of Educational Technology in Medical Education

Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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