Many med school students are cutting classes, making lectures increasingly obsolete at many institutions of higher learning. But they aren’t just hanging out in coffee shops, and they’re skipping classes to learn. Hooky playing students accentuate the perceived mismatch between what they’re taught in class and what they’re expected to know (as well as what they’re tested on in national licensing exams.)

The solution? Like all other students these days, they turn to the Internet for online resource.

According to 2017 data from the Association for American Medical Colleges, 1 in 4 preclinical students watches educational videos (think YouTube) daily. And web sites and applications like SketchyMedical have sprung up like mushrooms, marketing themselves as the solution for any struggles a med student might come up against. The tricky part is separating the resources that will lead to success versus the ones that are just a waste money and time.

Medical schools adapt to Internet trends

Leaders in medical education have taken notice of the new trend and are trying to take steps to solve the problem. Some medical schools, like Harvard, have done away with lectures in many instances, letting students learn course content at home and then apply the knowledge in small group sessions. This encourages analysis and critical thinking, vital skills for any doctor.

Time (and test scores) will prove if these new learning techniques are as effective as the old. In any case, it we should hope the Wi-Fi is speedy during our next doctor visit.