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Authors Law JK, Thome PA, Lindeman B, Jackson DC, Lidor AO
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Journal Am. J. Surg.
Publish Date 2017 Jan 30
PubMed ID 28173937
Abstract

We examined the types of technology used by medical students in clinical clerkships, and the perception of technology implementation into the curriculum.An online survey about technology use was completed prior to general surgery clinical clerkship. Types of devices and frequency/comfort of use were recorded. Perceptions of the benefits and barriers to technology use in clerkship learning were elicited.125/131 (95.4%) students responded. Most students owned a smart phone (95.2%), tablet (52.8%), or both (50%); 61.6% spent > 11 h/week learning on a device at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for educational purposes. Technology use was seen as beneficial by 97.6% of students. Classes that used technology extensively were preferred by 54% of students, although 47.2% perceived decreased faculty/classmate interaction.Students use mobile technology to improve how they learn new material, and prefer taking classes that incorporate information technology. However, in-person/blended curricula are preferable to completely online courses.We examined medical students’ use and perceptions of technology in the classroom via online survey (N = 125 students prior to general surgery clinical clerkship). A majority of students owned a smart phone, tablet, or both, and spent >11 h each week learning on one of these devices in the hospital setting. Classes that used technology extensively were preferred by 54% of students, although 47.2% perceived decreased faculty/classmate interaction. Students preferred taking classes that incorporated information technology, but found in-person/blended curricula preferable to completely online courses.

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