An M.D., or Doctor of Medicine, is an academic achievement that can take years of schooling to obtain. It is only awarded once students have shown they have the knowledge and experience required to practice medicine competently.
Across the Atlantic, the discussion about online courses and their potential to restructure higher education has been raging for some time. Courses are structured as weekly online conferences; communication with the course tutor and other learners takes place in a virtual learning environment. The online courses are intended to fit around your calendar; you access the course whenever it is suitable for you.