Kizmet: "...that sort of [medical] degree can't really be completed through distance learning. There may be one or two places where you can take an individual course through distance learning but there are no real degree programs that I know of." John: But it's definitely in the cards, and in the works. The initial announcement was made seven years ago: "Led by Scotland's University of Dundee, an international group of medical schools is trying to create the world's first online medical school. More than 50 institutions in 16 countries have helped plan the International Virtual Medical School [IVIMEDS], which its organizers plan to open in the summer of 2004... The virtual school would allow students around the world to pursue a medical education through a combination of computer-based learning and clinical experience in local health facilities.... Degrees would be granted by the participating medical schools, each of which is already accredited." A fair amount of progress has been made. See: www.ivimeds.org The US partner schools are Brown University, the U.S. military's Uniformed Services University, and the New York Institute of Technology.