Medical Xpress (07/29/22)
A review of scientific literature published in JMIR Medical Education details the growing popularity of digital teaching in medical education. The authors searched the Web of Science electronic database for relevant studies, finding 3,978 publications. The most productive countries in term of publications were the United States and Britain. The results highlighted digital teaching's applicability for educating medical students, residents or specialists, and in continuing medical education for physicians. Potential obstacles include technology or infrastructure, institutional backing, trained educators, and general learner acceptance. Although reviews had significantly more citations, citations between open access and non-open access papers showed no substantive differences. Highly cited themes included virtual reality, innovation, trial, efficacy, and anatomy. Digital teaching also experimented with different medical education aspects, including gross anatomy education, histology, complementary medicine, medicinal chemistry, and basic life support. Some papers suggested digital teaching could boost learning satisfaction, knowledge, and cost-effectiveness, especially during pandemics.