04:51am Wednesday 16 October 2019

Geriatric medicine education hits the digital age


e-ageing, to be launched today by The Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA), was developed with the assistance of hundreds of medical students who were surveyed to find out what they wanted in an online learning experience.

UWA’s senior lecturer in geriatric medicine and WACHA chief investigator, Associate Professor Christopher Beer, said medical students wanted flexibility and variety in their learning environment in today’s digital world.

“It represents an important cog in the learning process, providing new ways of thinking for medical students by illustrating and reinforcing concepts that are difficult to grasp,” Professor Beer said.  “These kinds of programs have the potential to fundamentally transform how and what our medical students learn.

“The modules are 100 per cent case-based, interactive and locally relevant.  They take students through a virtual case from assessment to diagnosis.  Students can even perform a virtual examination, order investigations and review test results.”

Professor Beer said the interactive learning program would play an integral role in learning and provide a useful adjunct to clinical teaching.  UWA fourth-year medical student Kendall Sharpe said e-ageing was easy to use, innovative, interactive and allowed students to learn at any time.

“The engaging case studies allow us to investigate a range of people that we may be faced with in the future, such as patients who have had a stroke, or who may have dementia or delirium,” Ms Sharpe said.

The study was made possible by funding from WA Country Health Service, The University of Western Australia Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science teaching and learning grant, WA Dementia Training Study Centre and WA Aged Care Policy Directorate.

Media references

Associate Professor Christopher Beer (+61 8)  9224 1633
(Chief Investigator, WA Centre for Health and Ageing)
Natasha Watson (WA Centre for Health and Ageing)  (+61 8)  9224 3661
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs)  (+61 8)  6488 5563  /  (+61 4) 32 637 716

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