Technology in medical education is best used to efficiently deliver content of academic courses. TISSUE (Teaching Introductory Study Skills Utilizing Experience), a pre-matriculation course for incoming first-year medical students, utilized a blended online/in-person course format to increase outreach and remove time, financial, and distance barriers to learning. The TISSUE program was created to provide exposure to the anatomical sciences for students who had not taken courses in anatomy and/or histology. Second year medical student (OMS 2) facilitators of the course engaged in-class students on topics such as academics, study strategies, time management, and student wellness. To maximize the number of students able to participate in the TISSUE course, BlueJeans, a webinar platform, was utilized. The webinar platform incorporated collaboration tools such as the screen-share function, chat function, and ability to record lectures for viewing at a later date. The online component allowed students who were unable to participate in the in-person course to actively collaborate with the in-person class and facilitators. Flexibility was the main advantage allowing students from all over the country to access content at a time that is convenient for them. Employing a blended learning format in the TISSUE program illustrated one of the many ways that medical education is utilizing new technology to assist students with their transition to medical school.
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