Challenges of Educating the Next Generation of Clinicians in Telehealth

Express Talk

April 15, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CDT

Telehealth has revolutionized the delivery of healthcare for the next generation of consumers. While there are many resources for training clinicians in telehealth, full-scale integration of telehealth education has lagged behind in healthcare professional training programs.

This session will describe the work being done at Yale University and the US Department of Veterans Affairs to integrate a telehealth curriculum into the medical and associated health training programs. Educational resources have been developed to integrate store and forward, clinical videoconferencing, and now mobile video into existing training programs. The session will describe best practices in developing strategic plans for telehealth training for medical residents, psychology trainees, nursing professional trainees, speech pathology trainees, etc. Specific didactic sessions will be described along with a discussion of simulated patient experiences. Challenges, including limitations imposed by accrediting bodies and state training licenses will be discussed. Ultimately, effective integration of telehealth education into existing training programs for the next generation of healthcare professionals is essential for optimal success and continued expansion of telehealth.


  • Linda Godleski, MD, Professor Yale School of Medicine, VA