Have you ever used a smart watch to monitor your heart rate? What about an ingestible sensor paired with a wearable sensor patch to track the effectiveness of a prescribed medication? Digital health tools like these have the dual benefit of increasing engagement with patients in regards to their own health and providing healthcare providers with a wealth of information. As this technology continues to evolve from lifestyle apps to diagnostic and health monitoring tools, there will be a need for physicians who are trained to use it.
In January of next year, students at RVUCOM with an interest in digital health will have the opportunity to join the Digital Health Track, a new specialized educational track that will be the first program of its kind in the nation. The curriculum, which will require students to complete two digital-related externships during the clinical years, will train students in artificial intelligence, remote monitoring, telemedicine and telehealth, nanotechnology, and much more! Applications for the track will open in October on both campuses.