The internet is largely the reason we live in the Age of Information. A simple Google search can answer every query known to man (existential ones aside) and with the rise of EdTech, there is a course to learn any skill and specialize in almost anything online.
Now, what does that mean for us doctors? Can we learn everything online? Definitely not.
A patient is our best teacher, and practicing procedures makes perfect.
However, as all doctors know – “The eye cannot see what the mind does not know.”
That is, we need to know what we’re looking for. Textbooks are great for understanding concepts and referring back to when needed. As students, they are usually enough, but as professionals, our requirements extend much beyond them. In today’s rapidly developing world, with new research and advancements being made every single day, where treatment guidelines change faster than surgeons change their scrubs, where the gaps in medical education are constantly increasing, and where there is a need for collaborative information and perspectives, education technology is paving the way.
Although allergy is commonly regarded as an unimportant “topic” throughout medical school, in practice, allergies are the most common conditions seen and even senior doctors often find them hard to manage. Med Train’s Asthma Allergy Certification Course (AACC) aims to fill in this gap.
There has been an outcropping of thousands of different courses online. While there is a lot of free useful information online, universities and experts from all over the world are now holding online medical courses, often with certifications, to impart trustworthy, collaborative knowledge, experience, and mentorship.
Some additional benefits of utilizing online learning are listed below:
Aside from saving lives and having bad handwriting, doctors are most known for having erratic, busy schedules. The biggest advantage of online courses is that they can be taken at the learner’s own pace, based on their individual schedules, and from anywhere with an internet connection. This flexibility is important for working professionals, and especially for doctors.
Online courses aid in knowledge acquisition from experts, most of whom we’d never come across in real life or be able to learn from in class. Often, they are from different parts of the world and give us varying perspectives and a new understanding of the same subjects. In medicine especially, research is being carried out internationally and treatment protocols vary based on local guidelines, resources, and experiences. Here at Med Train, the courses offer live sessions and in-person sessions (aside from the online modules) and thus provide more access to this faculty than regular online courses. Moreover, this helps doctors network and build important connections and mentors in their fields, and also gives them access to many renowned hospitals and research centers.
With digital learning, there are lesser tangible resources required as well as more geographic flexibility, and hence, online courses tend to be more affordable. A 6-month short course at an internationally acclaimed university to hone one’s skills is usually too expensive and inaccessible to most. E-learning democratizes knowledge by reducing costs, while still providing excellent education.
Online courses also allow doctors to specialize further in diverse areas they feel would be useful to their practice and even their CVs for advancing their careers. On completing courses backed by universities and professionals, certification is often provided. This allows them to practice in their special interests outside or related to their primary specialization. For instance, on completion of the Allergy Asthma Certification Course and clearing the exam at Med Train, the doctors earn certification from International Asthma Services, Bharathi Vidyapeeth University, and Med Train endorsed by the Center for Global Health – Colorado School of Public Health and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and allow doctors with a special interest in asthma and allergy to learn and implement more.
I think it’s safe to say that after all those years of medical school, everyone is tired of reading heavy textbooks. With all the digital tools available today and our advanced Learning Management Software, concepts can be explained better in a visual, aesthetic and interactive manner to engage the audience and better help them retain information.
As doctors, there is no end to studying. Hopefully, this article helps you find ways to make this studying a lot more efficient, enjoyable, and useful. For the Pulmonologists, Paediatricians, General Physicians, Dermatologists, ENT specialists, and even interested MBBS doctors out there, Med-Train provides a 6-month long Allergy Asthma Certificate Course that can help you learn all there is to know about allergic disorders, get certified, open your own allergy clinic or work in one, and tackle this ever-increasing spectrum of disorders.