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J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 Apr;90(2):202-9.

Using a decade of data on medical student computer literacy for strategic planning.

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  • 1Computer Based Instruction Lab, Office of Faculty and Instructional Development, School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond 23298, USA. blseago@vcu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

From 1991 through 2000, incoming medical students (M-Is) at the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University have been surveyed with a written questionnaire on their computer literacy. The survey's purpose is to learn the students' levels of knowledge, skill, and experience with computer technology to guide instructional services and facilities.

METHODOLOGY:

The questionnaire was administered during M-I orientation or mailed to students' homes after matriculation. It evolved from sixteen questions in 1991 to twenty-three questions in 2000, with fifteen questions common to all.

RESULTS:

The average survey response rate was 81% from an average of 177 students. Six major changes were introduced based on information collected from the surveys and advances in technology: production of CD-ROMs distributed to students containing required computer-based instructional programs, delivery of evaluation instruments to students via the Internet, modification of the lab to a mostly PC-based environment, development of an electronic curriculum Website, development of computerized examinations for medical students to prepare them for the computerized national board examinations, and initiation of a personal digital assistant (PDA) project for students to evaluate PDAs' usefulness in clinical settings.

CONCLUSION:

The computer literacy survey provides a snapshot of students' past and present use of technology and guidance for the development of services and facilities.

PMID:
11999178
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PMCID:
PMC100765
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