Multimedia in continuing medical education

L. Sato, E. Armstrong, R. Greenes

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Computer technology has advanced to the point where digital video, sound, animation, and still-image elements can be used in instructional software applications. The incorporation of these elements is now known as 'multimedia'. We have developed a system using the multimedia capabilities of computers and have applied it to enhance problem-based cases in continuing medical education (CME) courses at Harvard Medical School. This paper describes each multimedia element, including sound, animation, video, still images, and text, and their appropriate applications. Breaking down medical information into its basic components or 'concepts' helps us to choose multimedia elements appropriate to medical content. Issues of gathering, creating, storing, and managing multimedia content are also discussed along with hardware and software considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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