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J Ky Med Assoc. 1998 Oct;96(10):405-9.

Kentucky physicians' perspectives and preparedness for computing in medical education and practice.

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  • 1University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Office of Academic Affairs, USA.



To examine the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's community-based faculty's (CBF) perspective on computing skills that students should acquire for future medical practice, and if the CBF currently use these skills in their daily practice.


A survey was mailed to 281 of the institution's CBF in the spring of 1997. The survey listed eight basic computing skills derived from our computing curricular objectives for students and asked respondents (a) if they use the skill, and (b) if students should learn the skill.


200 respondents returned a completed survey. 14 CBF (7.2%) indicated that they have all eight computer skills while 91 CBF (46.4%) indicated that students should learn all eight computer skills. 25 CBF (13%) indicated that they have none of the computer skills, while none of the CBF indicated students need none of the skills. A significant difference between primary care CBF and other specialist CBF was found with respect to self-report of computer use, but not regarding their opinions about students' need to learn computer skills.


The majority of our CBF report using at least one computer skill in their practices. Regardless of specialty, CBF report that students should possess more computer skills than they themselves have. Medical educators should incorporate computing applications into the curriculum to provide appropriate computer training for future physicians.

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