The Technological Revolution and its place in teaching Geriatric Medicine

Laura Daunt is an ST5 from the East Midlands North Deanery and is Education and Training representative on the BGS Trainees Council

Much is written about the time pressures on modern medical student curricula. Geriatric medicine, in particular, has the challenge of conveying the complex needs of our elderly patients and the necessity of a problem solving approach. This type of complex decision-making is perhaps best taught face-to-face with real multi-disciplinary teams and the patients they serve. However, there is also a great deal of material to get through if students are going to develop a proper theoretical underpinning to the skills they need to manage older patients.

One way to use face-to-face teaching time more constructively is to use computer aided learning (CAL) in addition to traditional teaching methods. This frees up face-to-face teaching time so that it can be used where it is most needed.  The approach is known as blended learning. Continue reading