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April 24, 2018

Net Neutrality Repeal and the Potential Harm to Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2018;319(16):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1683

In the span of only 20 years, mobile computing and the internet have had a profound effect on both medical training and clinical practice.1 Effective patient care now routinely requires accessing and synthesizing information from large, dynamic bodies of literature. Trainees, in particular, rely on online summary databases and decision support tools to help ensure accuracy in clinical decision making.2 Some evidence suggests that these tools improve patient outcomes when compared with traditional educational resources.3 The current ecosystem of online medical resources has evolved largely while net neutrality has been the de facto law of the land; however, changes to net neutrality policies recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) threaten to substantially alter this landscape.

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