Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 444–450 | Cite as

APA Summit on Medical Student Education Task Force on Informatics and Technology: Steps to Enhance the Use of Technology in Education Through Faculty Development, Funding and Change Management

  • Donald M. Hilty
  • Sheldon Benjamin
  • Gregory Briscoe
  • Deborah J. Hales
  • Robert J. Boland
  • John S. Luo
  • Carlyle H. Chan
  • Robert S. Kennedy
  • Harry Karlinsky
  • Daniel B. Gordon
  • Peter M. Yellowlees
  • Joel Yager
Leadership, Faculty Development, and Infrastructure



This article provides an overview of how trainees, faculty, and institutions use technology for acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes for practicing modern medicine.


The authors reviewed the literature on medical education, technology, and change, and identify the key themes and make recommendations for implementing technology in medical education.


Administrators and faculty should initially assess their own competencies with technology and then develop a variety of teaching methods that use technology to improve their curricula. Programs should decrease the general knowledge-based content of curricula and increase the use of technology for learning skills. For programs to be successful, they must address faculty development change management and funding.


Willingness for change, collaboration, and leadership at all levels are essential factors for successfully implementing technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald M. Hilty
    • 1
  • Sheldon Benjamin
    • 2
  • Gregory Briscoe
    • 3
  • Deborah J. Hales
    • 4
  • Robert J. Boland
    • 5
  • John S. Luo
    • 6
  • Carlyle H. Chan
    • 7
  • Robert S. Kennedy
    • 7
  • Harry Karlinsky
    • 8
  • Daniel B. Gordon
    • 9
  • Peter M. Yellowlees
    • 1
  • Joel Yager
    • 10
  1. 1.University of California, DavisSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  3. 3.Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA
  4. 4.American Psychiatric AssociationArlingtonUSA
  5. 5.Brown Medical SchoolProvidenceUSA
  6. 6.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  7. 7.Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  8. 8.University of British ColumbiaBritish ColumbiaUSA
  9. 9.Valhalla PartnersViennaUSA
  10. 10.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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