Medical EducationCommentary

Developing Technology Enhanced Active Learning for Medical Education: Challenges, Solutions, and Future Directions

Lise McCoy, EdD; Robin K. Pettit, PhD; Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD; Thomas Bennett, DO; Noel Carrasco, MD; Stanley Brysacz, DO; Inder Raj S. Makin, MD, PhD; Ryan Hutman; and Frederic N. Schwartz, DO
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: July 16, 2014

Accepted: September 2, 2014

Published: April 1, 2015

J Osteopath Med; 115(4): 202-211

Growing up in an era of video games and Web-based applications has primed current medical students to expect rapid, interactive feedback. To address this need, the A.T. Still University–School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (Mesa) has developed and integrated a variety of approaches using technology-enhanced active learning for medical education (TEAL-MEd) into its curriculum. Over the course of 3 years (2010-2013), the authors facilitated more than 80 implementations of games and virtual patient simulations into the education of 550 osteopathic medical students. The authors report on 4 key aspects of the TEAL-MEd initiative, including purpose, portfolio of tools, progress to date regarding challenges and solutions, and future directions. Lessons learned may be of benefit to medical educators at academic and clinical training sites who wish to implement TEAL-MEd activities. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015;115(4):202-211 doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.042

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