[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.166.74.94. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
July 15, 1988

Computer-Assisted Learning and Evaluation in Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Office of Continuing Medical Education, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

From the Office of Continuing Medical Education, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1988;260(3):367-372. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410030083033
Abstract

The use of the computer in medical education has been in evolutionary development since the early 1960s; its adoption, however, has been less widespread than the promise of the medium should warrant. Computer-assisted instruction enhances learning, allowing the student the discretion of content, time, place, and pace of instruction. Information conveyed can take several forms, some better suited to undergraduate medical education, others more applicable to graduate and continuing education. The use of the computer in certification and licensure could, within a decade, transform the way competence is assessed. Its greatest promise, however, may lie in providing pertinent information at the time when, and in the place where, patient care takes place. New developments in data storage and retrieval forecast applications that could not have been imagined even a year or two ago.

(JAMA 1988;260:367-372)

×