In this article we describe the development of distance learning programs for pathology education at Thomas Jefferson University. Our first step was to create a one-credit computer lab for an existing graduate course (Pathologic Aspects of Disease, PA570). Students use this computer lab to review case studies, submit essays, and take weekly quizzes. A discussion board is used to publish student essays and provide a forum for class discussion. Examination scores and academic progress are reported online. Our second step was to add lectures to create a complete, three-credit distance learning course for pathology education. (Pathophysiology of Human Disease, NU570). These web-based pathology programs are not simply electronic books. They are visually stimulating and interactive. A comparison of scores on standardized tests indicated that students taking the distance learning course (NU570) performed as well as students taking the traditional course (PA570). Our findings indicate that distance learning can work efficiently and provide students with a quality education.
Recommended CitationFenderson, Bruce and Frisby, Anthony J., "Distance Learning Programs for Pathology Education" (2000). AISR Staff Papers and Presentations. Paper 10.