Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Online Health-Care Education

This week The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article about a study comparing online health-care education to traditional health-care education.

The research showed that Internet-based instruction compared favorably to traditional instructional methods.

"Our findings suggest that Internet-based instruction is an effective way to teach health care professionals," says lead author David Cook, M.D., an associate professor of medicine. "We now can confirm that, across a wide variety of learners, learning contexts, clinical topics, and learning outcomes, Internet-based instruction can be as effective as traditional methods."

Dr. Cook also noted the advantages of online learning, including flexible scheduling, adaptability of instruction and readily available content. "As health care workers balance challenging practice demands, the ever-expanding volume of medical knowledge requires us to find more effective, efficient ways to learn," says Dr. Cook. "Internet-based instruction will be an important part of the solution."

Read the article and visit Kaplan Continuing Education to begin your health-care career.