Technology — Key Enabler in Transforming Medical Education
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Technology — Key Enabler in Transforming Medical Education

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Dr Vijay PatilThe future of medical education will be more interactive with the explosion of information through digital platforms. It will lead to a lot of inter-departmental collaboration and coordination in the field of healthcare across the globe, says Dr Vijay Patil, President and Chancellor, DY Patil University, in conversation with Rakesh Kumar Roy of Elets News Network (ENN).

How has digital technology transformed medical education in last few years?

With the advent of technology, the role of doctors and medical professionals have dramatically evolved in terms of providing healthcare solutions. Technology is now becoming the great facilitator in medical education as per the current scenario. It is the need of the hour that medical educators in our country should adopt modern ways of medical practices with the help of technology along with the traditional ways of medical education, which has still remained quite fundamental.

Educators and medical professionals should keep abreast with the modern practices and latest developments in the field of healthcare to match the global standards.

How do you perceive the collaboration of India International Dental Congress (IIDC) with DY Patil University?

Dentistry is an important part in the field of healthcare. Collaboration with professional bodies like IIDC facilitates the unique opportunity to keep abreast with all the latest development in the field of healthcare education. It is very important for medical educators to work closely with professionals to update on the best quality education and latest global practices.

For the better understanding of the real world, it is necessary that the educationalist should be in synchronisation with professional groups to keep pace in the fraternity. This collaboration helps to get a better understanding of all the developments and innovations taking place in this field.

What are the emerging trends you foresee that will drive the future of Medical Education?

The future of medical education will be more interactive with the explosion of information through digital platforms. It will lead to a lot of inter-departmental collaboration and coordination in the field of healthcare across the globe.

Certainly, technology will play a key role in providing better healthcare solutions to the people. Technology will be facilitating in spreading the medical education by making it more functional and effective. It will allow in providing more solutions to the large cross-section of people not only in India but across the globe.

In the digital era, a lot of information or content is curated by some of the best experts across the globe. However, this is the duty of our educators to guide or teach students how to use the information in an efficient manner.

How has DY Patil University taken initiatives in introduction of technology in study methods?

Technology is being used extensively at DY Patil University. The teachinglearning methods have been incorporated based on digital learning tools and technologies. Simulation App and a medical simulation laboratory has been introduced for the students where students can learn in a virtual way rather than practicing on patients. Digital platform has been created for our students in terms of applications to watch their lectures online and view their content curated by some of the best professors through customized platforms.

We have introduced the ‘Continuing Dental Education Programme’ that brings the most enlightened minds of dentistry under one roof for an active interaction and exchange of ideas and knowledge pertaining to the dental field. These initiatives will supplement the traditional way of medical teaching which has been practiced since decades.

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