A new school year for me means a new auditorium (3rd years move into the medical center at Ohio State), a new pile of notes, new parking passes, etc. In addition to that we are also being introduced to new technologies that we will be using to help increase our learning. We have access to a whole series of videos to use for learning to suture, hold instruments, learn hand ties, etc. It is nice to have that as a supplement to our in class exercises. It helps us to remember what we learned in class and to be able to ensure that we practice these skills correctly when we are at home.
In addition to the videos we are also starting to work with an interactive case learning program that simulates real patients and the process of making a diagnosis through problem lists, diagnostics, etc. These types of simulations help me personally to avoid falling into the habit of memorizing and regurgitating information onto a quiz or test. It helps me to think more analytically and focus on the big picture which is what I will be doing all too soon once I actually graduate with my DVM.
All the same these technologies can be overwhelming when there are so many new things to learn and remember to do. These technologies have been designed to help us learn better, more efficiently, and in the end to be better doctors. It is a good preparation for real life as well. When you graduate time will pass and one day what is current technology today will be old and there will be new toys and machines that we will have to learn to use to be better doctors.