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Computer-Assisted Learning Applications in Health Educational Informatics: A Review



Abstract

Computer-assisted learning (CAL) as a health informatics application is a useful tool for medical students in the era of expansive knowledge bases and the increasing need for and the consumption of automated and interactive systems. As the scope and breadth of medical knowledge expand, the need for additional learning outside of lecture hours is becoming increasingly important. CAL can be an impactful adjunct to conventional methods that currently exist in the halls of learning. There is an increasing body of literature that suggests that CAL should be a commonplace and the recommended method of learning for medical students. Factors such as technical issues that hinder the performance of CAL are also evaluated. We conclude by encouraging the use of CAL by medical students as a highly beneficial method of learning that complements and enhances lectures and provides intuitive, interactive modulation of a self-paced curriculum based on the individual’s academic abilities.



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Computer-Assisted Learning Applications in Health Educational Informatics: A Review


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Faiq Shaikh

Institute of Computational Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Faisal Inayat Corresponding Author

Department of Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

Omer Awan

Department of Radiology, Temple University Hospital

Department of Radiology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Marlise D. Santos

Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, on

Adnan M. Choudhry

Neuroscience Research & Medical Education Program, IMCHF, Montreal, Qc

Abdul Waheed

Department of Family Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa

Dilkash Kajal

Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, on

Sagun Tuli

Department of Neurosurgery, Metro-West Medical Center, Boston, Ma


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Faiq Shaikh

    Institute of Computational Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco

    Faisal Inayat Corresponding Author

    Department of Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

    Omer Awan

    Department of Radiology, Temple University Hospital

    Department of Radiology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

    Marlise D. Santos

    Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, on

    Adnan M. Choudhry

    Neuroscience Research & Medical Education Program, IMCHF, Montreal, Qc

    Abdul Waheed

    Department of Family Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa

    Dilkash Kajal

    Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, on

    Sagun Tuli

    Department of Neurosurgery, Metro-West Medical Center, Boston, Ma


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: August 10, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1559

    Cite this article as:

    Shaikh F, Inayat F, Awan O, et al. (August 10, 2017) Computer-Assisted Learning Applications in Health Educational Informatics: A Review. Cureus 9(8): e1559. doi:10.7759/cureus.1559

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: July 15, 2017
    Peer review began: August 06, 2017
    Peer review concluded: August 09, 2017
    Published: August 10, 2017

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    Shaikh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Computer-assisted learning (CAL) as a health informatics application is a useful tool for medical students in the era of expansive knowledge bases and the increasing need for and the consumption of automated and interactive systems. As the scope and breadth of medical knowledge expand, the need for additional learning outside of lecture hours is becoming increasingly important. CAL can be an impactful adjunct to conventional methods that currently exist in the halls of learning. There is an increasing body of literature that suggests that CAL should be a commonplace and the recommended method of learning for medical students. Factors such as technical issues that hinder the performance of CAL are also evaluated. We conclude by encouraging the use of CAL by medical students as a highly beneficial method of learning that complements and enhances lectures and provides intuitive, interactive modulation of a self-paced curriculum based on the individual’s academic abilities.



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Faiq Shaikh, M.D.

Institute of Computational Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Faisal Inayat

Department of Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

For correspondence:
faisalinayat@hotmail.com

Omer Awan

Department of Radiology, Temple University Hospital

Marlise D. Santos

Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, on

Adnan M. Choudhry

Neuroscience Research & Medical Education Program, IMCHF, Montreal, Qc

Abdul Waheed

Department of Family Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa

Dilkash Kajal

Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, on

Sagun Tuli

Department of Neurosurgery, Metro-West Medical Center, Boston, Ma

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.

Institute of Computational Health Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Faisal Inayat

Department of Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan

For correspondence:
faisalinayat@hotmail.com

Omer Awan

Department of Radiology, Temple University Hospital

Marlise D. Santos

Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, on

Adnan M. Choudhry

Neuroscience Research & Medical Education Program, IMCHF, Montreal, Qc

Abdul Waheed

Department of Family Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa

Dilkash Kajal

Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, on

Sagun Tuli

Department of Neurosurgery, Metro-West Medical Center, Boston, Ma