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December 2000


This article was peer reviewed. It was published in Pathology Education, 25(1):25-34, Winter 2000, by the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE). Deposited by permission.


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.