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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Screening Internet websites for educational potential in undergraduate medical education

Screening Internet websites for educational potential in undergraduate medical education

This paper by Andrew Burd, Tor Chiu & Carmel McNaught in the current edition of Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine used students to identify and "score" educational materials on web sites for plastic surgery and then compared these with the opinions of final year medical students.

Their conclusion was that "it does not seem possible to construct any objective system of medical website evaluation", and suggests possible ways forward which may include "formally organized consortia involving agreements between medical schools may evolve".

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