The environment in which medical students learn today is vastly different than it was 20 years ago when the Internet was not such a dominant tool in medical education. E-learning is now increasingly utilized by medical students around the world and comprise recorded video lectures, adaptive tutorials, audiovisual clips, and virtual models. These educational media possess several distinct advantages over traditional didactic models of instruction, including the ability to update material in a timely manner to ensure delivery of the latest evidence-based content to trainees. E-learning has been demonstrated to be as effective as conventional didacticism and can be used to foster self-directed learning.
It encourages medical students to exert greater control over their learning by allowing flexibility over content and pace. Educators can evaluate competencies objectively through online assessments, enabling students to receive personalized feedback for self-improvement.