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Newsletter, April 2022 - Digital Education

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

“For the last 25 years, the mission of the Shapiro Institute has been to support, promote, and develop innovative programs and models for the dual activities of teaching and conducting research at academic medical centers. Nowhere is that mission more evident than in the ongoing work of our faculty in the burgeoning field of digital medical education.“

- Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD

Executive Director


Dear friends,


Welcome to the first installment of The Shapiro Institute’s quarterly newsletter, which we hope will keep you abreast of the many exciting ongoing programs here at the Center for Education.


Words such as Podcast and Tweetorial may not have been around when some of us were in medical school but today access to medical education material using these platforms is just a click away and can require as little as a smart phone. As a result, access to medical education is no longer confined to institutions; instead, it is increasingly available to an ever expanding and diverse community of learners at times and places that are most convenient for each individual.


Digital education is a new and rapidly changing field, with many active research questions still unanswered. To complicate matters, these new education resources are often created outside formal educational structures and there is limited guidance on how to navigate and asses education occurring on multimedia platforms. In the end, we need to demonstrate that learning has truly occurred.


In the following pages of this newsletter, we will attempt to provide you with the cognitive framework of what digital education is, review how medical trainees are using it and discuss attempts to formalize and evaluate digital education curriculum.


For the last 25 years, the mission of the Shapiro Institute has been to support, promote, and develop innovative programs and models for the dual activities of teaching and conducting research at academic medical centers. Nowhere is that mission more evident than in the ongoing work of our faculty in the burgeoning field of digital medical education.





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