Introducing HEAL: the Health Education Assets Library

Acad Med. 2003 Mar;78(3):249-53. doi: 10.1097/00001888-200303000-00002.


Digital multimedia, such as images and videos, are playing an increasingly important role in health sciences education. Educators, however, often do not have the time or resources to create high-quality materials. The authors describe the development of a new Health Education Assets Library (HEAL), a freely accessible, national library of high-quality digital multimedia to support all levels of health sciences education. HEAL's primary mission is to provide educators with high-quality and free multimedia materials (such as images and videos) to augment health science education. In addition, HEAL is working with other organizations to establish a network of distributed databases of high-quality teaching resources. By using state-of-the-art Internet technologies HEAL enables educators across the country to efficiently search and retrieve teaching materials from a variety of sources.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Library Materials*
  • Multimedia
  • Teaching Materials