This is a guest post by freelance publisher Tom Grant.
When designing a medical school in accordance with contemporary expectations, there are likely many elements to keep in mind. Yet there are three standout features that any medical school should consider when designing or refashioning their school to attract new students and to promote an unmistakable air of quality education. When attracting and instructing the healthcare providers of tomorrow, be sure to keep these three important considerations in mind as you design your facility and program to stand out from the crowd.
Many of the top Caribbean medical schools as well as medical schools worldwide are incorporating some online coursework into their programs. An online component is an essential feature given today’s digital climate. Major medical schools like Stanford have faculty talking about moving to more online coursework and reserving the traditional classroom for more “engaging” aspects of study. Many other health field courses are already online; for instance, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers (i.e. pharmacists) have a wide array of continuing education coursework to choose from as they continue their studies.
Designing a medical program with an online component will attract busy professionals who are looking for some convenience as they tackle their degrees. Moreover, the online paradigm has proven to be quite effective; students learn in their home or office setting just as they might within a classroom—only they don’t have to make the timely (and costly) commute.
Small Classroom Size
Both small and major medical schools understand the value of a small classroom size. Fewer students mean more students can be fully engaged in the process of active learning—particularly for study that cannot effectively taught in a lecture. While there is a substantial amount of listening required in medical school, there is also a considerable need for ‘doing.’ The small class room also nurtures intimate discussion and an authentic learning experience that is not always possible in a large auditorium or lecture hall. Moreover, this is an important marketing tool for schools; medical schools that boast small class size are likely to attract students who already know they benefit from learning in a small group setting.
Access to Computers
While many people do own computers, a school that actively promotes use of its own computers, laptops, and even tablets may have an edge over a school that doesn’t. A school’s level of computer access demonstrates how the school and its medical program values digital-age tools—tools that are a staple in the field of medicine. By committing to computer use and revamping a curriculum to reflect increasingly more technology, a school stands to attract students who also see the value of such a computer-friendly curriculum.
By incorporating these aspects into your medical school, you will enhance it in multiple ways. Not only are these great marketing pieces, they’re essential for providing an outstanding education. While there may be many ways to improve your medical school, these are the most important ways to ensure that your medical school and its curriculum stand out to the most discerning students.
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