3.10 Educational Computing and MyCourses
Computer technology plays a critical role in the medical education program. Through the MyCourses web portal, students are provided with a rich array of educational materials and course information.
MyCourses, the School's educational web portal, provides a single access point to all educational materials used in the New Pathway and HST preclerkship curricula, including class schedules, handouts, syllabi, discussion forums, exams, lecture videos, slide images, and other resources that support the learning of medicine. In addition, many of the resources available through MyCourses are also available in a format accessible by portable, hand-held devices.
HMS Student Network
More than 150 public personal computers linked to the student educational network are available throughout the Tosteson Medical Education Center. In addition, all tutorial rooms in the TMEC are equipped with computers and large screen display technology, allowing learning resources that support case-discussion to be accessed during tutorial sessions. These computers, which are reserved for students in the MD, PhD, and DMD programs, provide access to a wide array of electronic resources, including the following:
Medical Education Programs
Literature searching: Countway Digital Library
FREIDA (residency program database)
Mobile Resources: MyCourses>Applications>Mobile Resources
Mobile Device Requirement – See Section 7.07
Location of Public Computers
Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)
Skills Areas on TMEC 1, 2 and 3
techLAB (TMEC Room 225)
Vanderbilt Halls (Room 302B)
HST Medical Education Computer Lab (MIT, building E25)
An IT Service Desk is available Monday through Friday (8am – 5pm) in the techLAB (TMEC 225) to help students make the best use of the School's technical resources. In addition, Student Computing Assistants are available on weekends from 10am – 2pm.
Computing in the Hospitals
HMS students have access to many hospital-based educational and clinical computing systems during their clinical rotations.
The Countway Library of Medicine (Section 3.16) provides extensive digital resources (journals, books, databases) and powerful electronic searching tools that are indispensable to medical education. Please check their Website at www.countway.harvard.edu.
All students are assigned a personal Harvard e-mail account, which provides local and remote access to the School’s e-mail system.
Student Computing Ethics
As in all other areas of your academic life, the use of computing technology should be undertaken in a manner consistent with the high standards of professional conduct appropriate to the field of medicine. In addition, the internet and electronic mail may create additional challenges to health care professionals’ responsibility for ensuring patient confidentiality. To protect this fundamental patient right, you should avoid using this medium to transmit information containing patient names or other medical records data that may be used to identify individual patients. When you are doing clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals, your strict compliance with patient confidentiality rules and regulations is expected, and lapses are subject to disciplinary procedures.
Please see section 7.09 for guidance on the use of social media.
HMS computer issues or questions:
- Phone: 617-432-2000
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the Student Computing web site at http://studentcomputing.med.harvard.edu/.
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