November 08, 2007

Medical education in digital form soon

Medical students in India could soon have the benefit of learning course content at their own pace through lectures that would be offered in a digital format.

Over 7,500 multimedia enhanced digital lectures subscribing to the curriculum prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for MBBS have been digitised.

For slow learners, the digital options offers the advantage of listening to the lectures repeatedly and learn. It can effectively supplement the faculty’s efforts at the medical colleges as well.

The Hyderabad-based e-learning company, Medical Education Research Centre (MEdRC), which has digitised the entire MBBS curriculum has entered into an agreement with Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada to provide digital curriculum.

The NTR University is introducing the digitised medical lectures on an experimental basis for the first three months. Based on the feedback from the students it would be extended, according to Dr Neeraj Raj, Managing Director of MEdRC. “What we have developed is an e-learning programme for undergraduate medical students. It consists of text, tables, flow charts, colour stills, 2D and 3D animation, audio, video of clinical methods, case discussions and video lectures by over 700 expert faculty from across the country”, he said.

The company has spent Rs 8 crore on the project so far. It is in talks with several Medical colleges to promote it.

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