Information technology and its role in anaesthesia training and continuing medical education

Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2012 Mar;26(1):33-53. doi: 10.1016/j.bpa.2012.02.002.


Today's educators are faced with substantial challenges in the use of information technology for anaesthesia training and continuing medical education. Millennial learners have uniquely different learning styles than previous generations of students. These preferences distinctly incorporate the use of digital information technologies and social technologies to support learning. To be effective teachers, modern educators must be familiar with these new information technologies and understand how to use them for medical education. Examples of new information technologies include learning management systems, lecture capture, social media (YouTube, Flickr), social networking (Facebook), Web 2.0, multimedia (video learning triggers and point-of-view video) and mobile computing applications. The information technology challenges for educators in the twenty-first century include: (a) understanding how technology shapes the learning preferences of today's anaesthesia residents, (b) distinguishing between the function and properties of new learning technologies and (c) properly using these learning technologies to enhance the anaesthesia curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology / education*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / methods
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Educational Technology
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency