Can Distance Education Bring Doctors up to Speed?
By Stanley Rubenti
Career Colleges Columnist
Although North America is often credited with having the best hospitals and physicians in the world, recent evidence suggests that many of the medical facilities located in Canada and the United States could benefit from more enhanced technology, especially with regard to patient information. Online healthcare schools could provide the computer training nurses and other health pros need to keep up with the times.
Is Distance Learning the Solution?
One solution for bringing North American nurses and other healthcare workers up to speed in the "Internet age" is more computer training during their medical studies. For many physicians, computers and Internet technology are nuisances when they should be regarded as valuable assets. All the more so given how voluminous a patient's record can become over a series of visits to many different doctors. If physicians received more of their medical training online, techno-phobic tendencies could be easily circumvented. And as a result, patients could stand to receive better, safer care.
Is It Possible to Complete a Medical Education through Distance Learning?
10 years ago, the answer might have been a resounding no. But then again, 10 years ago, major Internet resources like Google did not exist. We live in a very different world, and Internet-based distance education has made tremendous inroads thanks to advances in communication, search capabilities, user interfaces, and general technology. And make no mistake; distance education in healthcare is not only for aspiring nurses. Medical coders, health care administrators, and lab technicians can all benefit from distance learning when pursuing their medical educations.
Additional Benefits of Distance Education
Bringing medical staff up to speed is not the only benefit of Internet-based distance education. You should also consider the convenience, flexibility, and options that distance learning provides. Given the nature of the Internet, you have a much wider range of schools from which to choose, and equally important, you don't need to commute to classes every day. By all accounts, distance education is an attractive option for anyone who wants to launch a career in medicine and provide optimal care to patients.
About the Author
A freelance writer, Stanley Rubenti currently lives in Bangkok where he writes columns for a variety of publications. Stanley holds a B.A. in history.
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