Video conferencing technology proves beneficial for medical students

Wednesday, July 31 2013

A new study shows that medical students communicate with professors via video conferencing technology did just as well on tests as their in-classroom peers. According to MSU Today, the research was performed by experts at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kari Hortos, lead researcher, stated that there was no difference in the exam scores earned by live and remote students.

"We used the results of the students' national board exam, which is known as COMLEX.We found no statistically significant difference on COMLEX board score performance regardless of site assignment for students," Hortos said.

The study shows that video conferencing software is a viable resource for schools around the country. The communications platform allows teachers to lead classes even though students may not be able to commute to campus every day.

The technology may be particularly beneficial for medical students. Many future health care providers have internships and other responsibilities, making it difficult to thrive in a traditional academic setting. With video conferencing, students can easily participate in classes from any location so they don't have to worry about going to school on a regular basis.