New technologies shaping medical and health training at Melbourne Medical School

Leading Australian medical faculties including the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences unveiled a world-first model for health-care education, utilizing next-generation technology to train health professionals of the 21st century.

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The $4.5 million Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network, the BEST Network, was officially launched at the University of Melbourne on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Future of Medical Education symposium.

Professor of Medical Education and Training and Director of the Medical Education Unit in the Melbourne Medical School, at the University of Melbourne, Professor Geoff McColl said the university was delighted to be a co-foundation partner in this innovative educational network.

“The BEST Network will provide an unparalleled opportunity for universities to share the best e-resources to assist in the training of health professional students fit for a twenty-first-century health system,” he said.

The Network’s founding members—the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, James Cook University and partner peak bodies in medicine and nursing—are collaborating to build a world-first repository of shared digital tools and resources to greatly enhance health-care education.

These include a large medical image bank, rich, interactive virtual laboratories, virtual patients, online scenario-based training modules and new digital tools to annotate medical images for teaching—all stored on the cloud and accessible from any internet connection.

New technologies make it possible for trainee and practicing doctors, nurses and health professionals in rural and remote settings to have equal access to quality medical resources and tools to save lives and alleviate suffering.

“The global educational environment is changing rapidly with ever greater access to learning resources online. The BEST network provides a platform for the development and sharing of the very best e-resources to support our students,” the University of Melbourne professor said.

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