Use of Mobile Learning by Resident Physicians in Botswana

  • Chang A
  • Ghose S
  • Littman-Quinn R
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Abstract

With the growth of mobile health in recent years, learning through the use of mobile devices (mobile learning [mLearning]) has gained recognition as a potential method for increasing healthcare providers’ access to medical information and resources in resource-limited settings. In partnership with the University of Botswana School of Medicine (SOM), we have been exploring the role of smartphone-based mLearning with resident (physicians in specialty training) education. The SOM, which admitted its first class of medical students and residents in 2009, is committed to providing high-level on-site educational resources for resident physicians, even when practicing in remote locations. Seven residents were trained to use an Android-based myTouch 3G smartphone equipped with data-enabled subscriber identity module (SIM) cards and built-in camera. Phones contained locally loaded point-of-care and drug information applications, a telemedicine application that allows for the submission of cases to local mentors, and e-mail/Web access. Surveys were administered at 4 weeks and 8 weeks following distribution of phones. We found that smartphones loaded with point-of-care tools are effectively utilized by resident physicians in resource-limited settings, both for accessing point-of-care medical information at the bedside and engaging in self-directed learning at home. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)(journal abstract)

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Authors

  • Aileen Y. Chang

  • Sankalpo Ghose

  • Ryan Littman-Quinn

  • Rachel B. Anolik

  • Andrea Kyer

  • Loeto Mazhani

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