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Medical student case presentation performance and perception when using mobile learning technology in the emergency department. Med Educ Online 2011;16



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2-s2.0-84857415402   25 Citations


BACKGROUND: Hand-held mobile learning technology provides opportunities for clinically relevant self-instructional modules to augment traditional bedside teaching. Using this technology as a teaching tool has not been well studied. We sought to evaluate medical students' case presentation performance and perception when viewing short, just-in-time mobile learning videos using the iPod touch prior to patient encounters.

METHODS: Twenty-two fourth-year medical students were randomized to receive or not to receive instruction by video, using the iPod Touch, prior to patient encounters. After seeing a patient, they presented the case to their faculty, who completed a standard data collection sheet. Students were surveyed on their perceived confidence and effectiveness after using these videos.

RESULTS: Twenty-two students completed a total of 67 patient encounters. There was a statistically significant improvement in presentations when the videos were viewed for the first time (p=0.032). There was no difference when the presentations were summed for the entire rotation (p=0.671). The reliable (alpha=0.97) survey indicated that the videos were a useful teaching tool and gave students more confidence in their presentations.

CONCLUSIONS: Medical student patient presentations were improved with the use of mobile instructional videos following first time use, suggesting mobile learning videos may be useful in medical student education. Clinical educators should consider whether, in an instance where live bedside or direct interactive teaching is unavailable, using just-in-time educational videos on a handheld device might be useful as a supplemental instructional strategy.

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Tews M, Brennan K, Begaz T, Treat R


Robert W. Treat PhD Associate Professor in the Academic Affairs department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Computers, Handheld
Data Collection
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Educational Status
Educational Technology
Emergency Medicine
Emergency Service, Hospital
Models, Educational
Pilot Projects
Point-of-Care Systems
Prospective Studies
Statistics as Topic
Students, Medical
Task Performance and Analysis
Videotape Recording