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Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 426–427 | Cite as

Connecting Through Technology: a Collaborative Psychiatry Trainee and Educator Online Platform

  • John Torous
  • Zachary Grunau
  • Robyn Thom
  • Robert Boland
  • Fremonta Meyer
Feature: Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

As digital technology ushers in a new era of medical education, the current transitional period has created new risks and opportunities for both educators and learners [1]. While medical students and residents now turn to online resources such as websites and apps for learning, the content and quality of these resources are often variable [2]. Educators are also often unsure of what resources medical students and residents access digitally and how to evaluate the quality of online content [3]. But this digital divide need not divide medical students and residents from educators. In this letter, we present a fully implemented and usable demonstration of how web technology can unite educators and their trainees, promote generative learning, and offer high-quality tailored content.

The development of our online platform was inspired by the challenges associated with prior online medical education platforms, which include the creation of new educational content, peer...

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry for its supportive grant that helped launch this project.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The authors received local institutional review board approval from Harvard Medical School to conduct this study.

Disclosures

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Torous
    • 1
  • Zachary Grunau
    • 1
  • Robyn Thom
    • 1
  • Robert Boland
    • 1
  • Fremonta Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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