Use of computers and the Internet by residents in US family medicine programmes

Richard V. King, Cassie L. Murphy-Cullen, Helen G. Mayo, Alice K. Marcee, Gregory W. Schneider

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), and the Internet are widely used as resources in medical education and clinical care. Educators who intend to incorporate these resources effectively into residency education programmes can benefit from understanding how residents currently use these tools, their skills, and their preferences. The researchers sent questionnaires to 306 US family medicine residency programmes for all of their residents to complete. Respondents were 1177 residents from 125 (41%) programmes. Access to a computer was reported by 95% of respondents. Of these, 97% of desktop and 89% of laptop computers could access the Internet. Residents accessed various educational and clinical resources. Half felt they had "intermediate" skills at Web searches, 23% had "some skills," and 27% were "quite skilled." Those under 30 years of age reported higher skill levels. Those who experienced a Web-based curriculum in medical school reported higher search skills and greater success in finding clinical information. Respondents preferred to use technology to supplement the didactic sessions offered in resident teaching conferences. Favourable conditions exist in family medicine residency programmes to implement a blend of traditional and technology-based learning experiences. These conditions include residents' experience, skills, and preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalInformatics for Health and Social Care
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Fingerprint

Internet
Internship and Residency
Medicine
Handheld Computers
Technology
Medical Education
Medical Schools
Curriculum
Teaching
Research Personnel
Learning
Education
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • attitude to computers
  • competency-based education
  • computer literacy
  • computers
  • curriculum
  • family medicine
  • graduate medical education
  • Internet
  • Internship and residency
  • medical informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Use of computers and the Internet by residents in US family medicine programmes. / King, Richard V.; Murphy-Cullen, Cassie L.; Mayo, Helen G.; Marcee, Alice K.; Schneider, Gregory W.

In: Informatics for Health and Social Care, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2007, p. 149-155.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

King, Richard V. ; Murphy-Cullen, Cassie L. ; Mayo, Helen G. ; Marcee, Alice K. ; Schneider, Gregory W. / Use of computers and the Internet by residents in US family medicine programmes. In: Informatics for Health and Social Care. 2007 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 149-155.
@article{0622e3648bf248c391827726b55b898b,
title = "Use of computers and the Internet by residents in US family medicine programmes",
abstract = "Computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), and the Internet are widely used as resources in medical education and clinical care. Educators who intend to incorporate these resources effectively into residency education programmes can benefit from understanding how residents currently use these tools, their skills, and their preferences. The researchers sent questionnaires to 306 US family medicine residency programmes for all of their residents to complete. Respondents were 1177 residents from 125 (41{\%}) programmes. Access to a computer was reported by 95{\%} of respondents. Of these, 97{\%} of desktop and 89{\%} of laptop computers could access the Internet. Residents accessed various educational and clinical resources. Half felt they had {"}intermediate{"} skills at Web searches, 23{\%} had {"}some skills,{"} and 27{\%} were {"}quite skilled.{"} Those under 30 years of age reported higher skill levels. Those who experienced a Web-based curriculum in medical school reported higher search skills and greater success in finding clinical information. Respondents preferred to use technology to supplement the didactic sessions offered in resident teaching conferences. Favourable conditions exist in family medicine residency programmes to implement a blend of traditional and technology-based learning experiences. These conditions include residents' experience, skills, and preferences.",
keywords = "attitude to computers, competency-based education, computer literacy, computers, curriculum, family medicine, graduate medical education, Internet, Internship and residency, medical informatics",
author = "King, {Richard V.} and Murphy-Cullen, {Cassie L.} and Mayo, {Helen G.} and Marcee, {Alice K.} and Schneider, {Gregory W.}",
year = "2007",
doi = "10.1080/14639230701198601",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "32",
pages = "149--155",
journal = "Medical Informatics",
issn = "1753-8157",
publisher = "Informa Healthcare",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Use of computers and the Internet by residents in US family medicine programmes

AU - King, Richard V.

AU - Murphy-Cullen, Cassie L.

AU - Mayo, Helen G.

AU - Marcee, Alice K.

AU - Schneider, Gregory W.

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - Computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), and the Internet are widely used as resources in medical education and clinical care. Educators who intend to incorporate these resources effectively into residency education programmes can benefit from understanding how residents currently use these tools, their skills, and their preferences. The researchers sent questionnaires to 306 US family medicine residency programmes for all of their residents to complete. Respondents were 1177 residents from 125 (41%) programmes. Access to a computer was reported by 95% of respondents. Of these, 97% of desktop and 89% of laptop computers could access the Internet. Residents accessed various educational and clinical resources. Half felt they had "intermediate" skills at Web searches, 23% had "some skills," and 27% were "quite skilled." Those under 30 years of age reported higher skill levels. Those who experienced a Web-based curriculum in medical school reported higher search skills and greater success in finding clinical information. Respondents preferred to use technology to supplement the didactic sessions offered in resident teaching conferences. Favourable conditions exist in family medicine residency programmes to implement a blend of traditional and technology-based learning experiences. These conditions include residents' experience, skills, and preferences.

AB - Computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), and the Internet are widely used as resources in medical education and clinical care. Educators who intend to incorporate these resources effectively into residency education programmes can benefit from understanding how residents currently use these tools, their skills, and their preferences. The researchers sent questionnaires to 306 US family medicine residency programmes for all of their residents to complete. Respondents were 1177 residents from 125 (41%) programmes. Access to a computer was reported by 95% of respondents. Of these, 97% of desktop and 89% of laptop computers could access the Internet. Residents accessed various educational and clinical resources. Half felt they had "intermediate" skills at Web searches, 23% had "some skills," and 27% were "quite skilled." Those under 30 years of age reported higher skill levels. Those who experienced a Web-based curriculum in medical school reported higher search skills and greater success in finding clinical information. Respondents preferred to use technology to supplement the didactic sessions offered in resident teaching conferences. Favourable conditions exist in family medicine residency programmes to implement a blend of traditional and technology-based learning experiences. These conditions include residents' experience, skills, and preferences.

KW - attitude to computers

KW - competency-based education

KW - computer literacy

KW - computers

KW - curriculum

KW - family medicine

KW - graduate medical education

KW - Internet

KW - Internship and residency

KW - medical informatics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84860418349&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84860418349&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/14639230701198601

DO - 10.1080/14639230701198601

M3 - Article

C2 - 17541864

VL - 32

SP - 149

EP - 155

JO - Medical Informatics

JF - Medical Informatics

SN - 1753-8157

IS - 2

ER -