Medical education has remained largely unchanged over the past 100 years. Yet, medical students have more complex diagnostic and therapeutic information to learn than ever before. Currently, this information is tied up in medical institutions and, oftentimes, difficult to learn.
With funding from Pioneer, Khan Academy—a free online educational resource that provides self-paced, mastery-based education—is building a medical education platform to help students prepare for health care professions.
In addition, Khan Academy’s new free library will equip practicing physicians with information about new terminology and therapies so they can deliver better care. With these tools, Khan also intends to engage patients in their own health care; making simplified medical content more available to consumers provides the meaningful information they need to make more informed decisions.
Pioneer is exploring the potential of initiatives like the Khan Academy to transform the way students learn and to open up new avenues of educating health professionals to attract a more diverse health care workforce, and reach wider audiences who can benefit from user-friendly knowledge.