The HCOE Medical Informatics Curriculum is
specifically designed to provide HCOE scholars with the skills and
knowledge in computing and communication technologies necessary to
make them effective and competitive faculty, researchers, and physicians
practicing in the 21st century.
The School of Medicine's Office
of Educational Technology (MedEDTech) is the hub of all computing and
communications-based activities for the HCOE scholars. The MedEDTech serves
the medical and graduate students, residents, staff, and the teaching
faculty of the School of Medicine. The MedEDTech's Educational Technology
activities support a computer
classroom located on the La Jolla campus as well as numerous satellite
facilities at a variety of locations around San Diego County. The
MedEDTech provides computer accounts to all HCOE scholars which enable
ready-access to instructional materials, on-line references, library
systems, computer-based applications, electronic mail, and internet
based curricular resources.
The MedEDTech and UCSD's
Biomedical Library also offers workshops and individual assistance
to the HCOE scholars. Physicians practicing in the under-served communities
in San Diego County can also take advantage of many of these information
All graduates of the School of Medicine are exposed to cross-cultural
issues relevant to health service delivery to Hispanic patients
through an Aspects of Medicine section entitled "Doctor-Patient
Relationship" which is required for all first year medical students.
The HCOE has increased the number of clinical training opporunities
in the Hispanic community. Medical students, residents, and undergraduates
are trained in community clinics, school based health care and private
physician offices that serve Hispanic patients.
In cooperation with the Hispanic Education Training Center, an HCOE
teacher conducts weekly "Spanish in the Patient Care Setting" at
the UCSD Medical Center for students and faculty.
Faculty and Student Research
The HCOE has designed a Research and Experimental Design course
for Scholars and faculty with little or no previous research experience.
This training is provided in order to increase the number of publications
dealing with the health care issues of Hispanic and under-represented
minorities, the number of Hispanic medical students and others engaged
in research related to these health care issues, and to provide
resources for research. The course is available for 8 weeks and
is taught in the HCOE Laboratory. The HCOE research schedules provide
for a continuous experience throughout the Scholar's medical training.