The School of Medicine curriculum is more technology-dependent than ever. Students access web-based calendars, course materials, videos, cloud-based file storage, collaborative technologies, classroom response, evaluations and quizzes/exams on a regular basis. Beyond the School-provided technologies, students make personal choices of study resources, note-taking tools, mobile apps and much more, depending on their personal preferences. Yet despite these advances in recent years, many opportunities remain to make the existing technologies work better together and to adopt new tools.
SOM Academic & Learning Technologies invites all medical students to join the Medical Student Technology Advisory Team (medSTAT). The purpose for the group is to improve existing system implementations, explore new technologies, and allow the broader medical school community to learn from each other.
Role of medSTAT:
- Serve as a liaison between students, administration, staff and faculty around issues of educational technology in the curriculum. Present feedback from classmates, and assist in interpreting student technology survey results.
- Provide a sounding board about educational technology projects under consideration or in development. This may include evaluating prototypes of new equipment or systems.
- Create a forum for students to share their technology successes and challenges, and get feedback from classmates and others. The outcome of this sharing may be a document or other resource disseminated to all students, or event(s) open to all medical students.
- Explore issues of technology usage in health care settings and in society at large.
Examples of medSTAT projects include:
- Social Media Resources for Students (2019). This document lists useful Twitter accounts and other resources to help medical students navigate medical school and medical information. Led by Jackson Schmidt, E17, and Victorya Piehl, E18.
- Step 1 Resources Guide (2017). This resource classifies third-party board exam prep resources to help students navigate the options. Led by Zach Fitzgerald, E15.
- UW School of Medicine Computer List (2017). This resource identifies computers that meet the SOM requirements to assist incoming students in selecting a new computer. Led by John Bartoletta, E16.
- OneNote note taking examples. This OneNote notebook demonstrates how to insert syllabus chapters and add annotations such as highlighting and hand-written notes using a Microsoft Surface and pen. Led by Laura Thornquist, E14.
Membership in medSTAT is open to all medical students – in all phases of the curriculum and at all WWAMI sites. Faculty, administrators and staff will also be invited to participate when appropriate.
Meetings will take place approximately once per month, scheduled in the early evening to minimize conflicts with class schedules. Communication between meetings will take place via a group listserv and/or social networking sites.
To sign up for the medSTAT listserv, please contact Michael Campion, Director of Academic & Learning Technologies: firstname.lastname@example.org.