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Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Oct;41(5):656-660. doi: 10.1007/s40596-016-0647-3. Epub 2016 Dec 19.

Use of Electronic Resources for Psychiatry Clerkship Learning: A Medical Student Survey.

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1
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA. ces2007@med.cornell.edu.
2
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The primary aim of this study is to examine medical students' use patterns, preferences, and perceptions of electronic educational resources available for psychiatry clerkship learning.

METHODS:

Eligible participants included medical students who had completed the psychiatry clerkship during a 24-month period. An internet-based questionnaire was used to collect information regarding the outcomes described above.

RESULTS:

A total of 68 medical students responded to the survey. Most respondents reported high utilization of electronic resources on an array of devices for psychiatry clerkship learning and indicated a preference for electronic over print resources. The most commonly endorsed barriers to the use of electronic resources were that the source contained irrelevant and non-specific content, access was associated with a financial cost, and faculty guidance on recommended resources was insufficient. Respondents indicated a wish for more psychiatry-specific electronic learning resources.

CONCLUSION:

The authors' results suggest that a demand exists for high-quality electronic and portable learning tools that are relevant to medical student education in psychiatry. Psychiatry educators are usefully positioned to be involved in the development of such resources.

KEYWORDS:

Education; Electronic resources; Medical student; Psychiatry

PMID:
27995539
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-016-0647-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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