Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 29–35 | Cite as

APA Summit on Medical Student Education Task Force on Informatics and Technology: Learning About Computers and Applying Computer Technology to Education and Practice

  • Donald M. Hilty
  • Deborah J. Hales
  • Greg Briscoe
  • Sheldon Benjamin
  • Robert J. Boland
  • John S. Luo
  • Carlyle H. Chan
  • Robert S. Kennedy
  • Harry Karlinsky
  • Daniel B. Gordon
  • Joel Yager
  • Peter M. Yellowlees
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Abstract

Objective

This article provides a brief overview of important issues for educators regarding medical education and technology.

Methods

The literature describes key concepts, prototypical technology tools, and model programs. A work group of psychiatric educators was convened three times by phone conference to discuss the literature. Findings were presented to and input was received from the 2005 Summit on Medical Student Education by APA and the American Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry.

Results

Knowledge of, skills in, and attitudes toward medical informatics are important to life-long learning and modern medical practice. A needs assessment is a starting place, since student, faculty, institution, and societal factors bear consideration. Technology needs to “fit” into a curriculum in order to facilitate learning and teaching.

Conclusion

Learning about computers and applying computer technology to education and clinical care are key steps in computer literacy for physicians.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald M. Hilty
    • 1
  • Deborah J. Hales
    • 2
  • Greg Briscoe
    • 3
  • Sheldon Benjamin
    • 4
  • Robert J. Boland
    • 5
  • John S. Luo
    • 6
  • Carlyle H. Chan
    • 7
  • Robert S. Kennedy
    • 8
  • Harry Karlinsky
    • 9
  • Daniel B. Gordon
    • 10
  • Joel Yager
    • 11
  • Peter M. Yellowlees
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUCDMCSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Division of Education and Career DevelopmentAmerican Psychiatric AssociationArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Department of PsychiatryMedical College of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  8. 8.AATP, TechnologyNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  10. 10.Department of ResearchVahalla PartnersArlingtonUSA
  11. 11.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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