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Technology-enhanced learning should be employed alongside – not instead of – bedside teaching

Authors Ferguson Z

Received 21 December 2015

Accepted for publication 23 December 2015

Published 4 February 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 49—50

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S102902

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder


Zachary Ferguson

South Thames Foundation School, London, UK

I read with great interest the editorial by Al-jibury et al1 regarding the digitalization of medical education, particularly as I was part of the team that produced the YouTube video on heart murmurs which they reference in their paper.

I agree wholeheartedly that digital resources cannot and must not replace bedside teaching. The video in question carries a disclaimer at the beginning, encouraging learners to use the resource as a companion to – not a substitute for – real-life patient contact. Convenient though YouTube might be, it cannot compare to the learning experience Al-jibury et al1 describes: listening to a live, beating heart. Bedside teaching has been around since the days of Hippocrates and it is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Read the original article by Al-jibury et al.

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