September 25, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 34

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HSC leads multidiscipline education meeting

Use of computers and the Internet in the education of physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals dominated discussion during the 31st Annual Meeting of the Association for Multidiscipline Education in the Health Sciences, held in San Antonio and supported in part by the Health Science Center this past summer.

The international meeting at the Menger Hotel attracted educational professionals from 15 universities and the U.S. Army. After a welcome address by Dr. Nan Clare, medical school associate dean for academic affairs, the group toured the Health Science Centerís multidiscipline teaching facilities, where medical, dental and other students receive instruction in many disciplines.

"Association membership includes representatives of institutions such as the Health Science Center, Duke University, the University of Southern California, the University of Maryland and some international universities," said G. Gary White, Ph.D., program committee chair. "Multidiscipline teaching facilities and capabilities are crucial elements in the training and development of health professionals."

Dr. White, director of academic and facilities scheduling in the Office of Student Services, and Steele Camp, director of teaching facilities support services in the Office of Educational Resources, organized the meeting. The program committee co-chair was Christine Hopkins, manager of Office of Learning Resources at the University of California, San Diego.

One of the speakers, Gary Guest, D.D.S., associate professor of dental diagnostic science and director of pre-doctoral clinics in the dental outpatient clinic, discussed the Web-based curriculum at the Dental School. At the beginning of the fall semester, students of the Dental Schoolís Class of 2004 received laptop computers and DVD curriculum disks to begin the program.