The #ukmeded Twitter chats start off again this Thursday 16 January at 9pm UK time with Iona Campbell a 3rd year medical student from Dundee Medical School guest hosting the discussion on the idea of paperless medical students/schools. Iona (@sepiaxtoned) sets the scene for the chat below.
UK medical schools are in varying states of paperless teaching and education, indeed system teaching can vary in adoption of paperless alternatives within one medical school. For those unacquainted with the idea of ‘going paperless’ there’s an excellent article here:> PAPERLESS MEDICAL STUDENT < from Warwick medical student Joshua Harding.
Medical students are prone to information overload, with a barrage of lecture notes, seminar notes, clinical skills teaching, patient histories etc. a daily battle to organise and keep track of for the annual exams and medical school finals (#endofschoolquiz). With mobile and tablet based technology now commonplace in everyday life many students are using these at university. The wealth of mobile apps capable of creating, managing and storing data is well documented and reviewed. But how can medical schools further support this and encourage students who want to make the switch and go paperless.
Much like Joshua I’m a paperless medical student, I turn to paper and pen for exams and the final week-before-cram but to manage the vast information I’ve collected, synthesised and analyzed throughout the year I utilize a range of apps and programmes to keep track of things and maintain order in what can easily become a paper bomb that takes weeks to sift through.
Like many other paperless students I find frustrating issues easily resolved. For example, Dundee post lectures before the day in power point format, which I convert to plain background files and save as pdf format. I know many other students do the same and I wonder if perhaps medical schools ought to be catering for the paperless student as well as the laptop student.
Iona will be leading the discussion on the following points
1. Should medical schools go paperless?
2. Should medical students expect medical schools to support paperless teaching/learning over traditional methods? (paper based study guides, OHP’s for small group work etc.)
3. What are the perceived challenges of going paperless?
4. What benefits does going paperless have?
We hope that you can join us and Iona on Thursday at 9pm and take part in the discussion.
You can read the transcript for this chat over on SYMPLUR
Also take a look at Iona’s reflections on the chat on her blog.