PDA support for outpatient clinical clerkships: mobile computing for medical education.

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This project provides educational support for students enrolled in a family practice clerkship by supplying PDA-based clinical references and tools to collect information about the patients they see and the seminars they attend. Each student is supplied with a Handspring Visor Deluxe to use during the clerkship. Supplied software includes a clinical reference (Five Minute Clinical Consult) and Lexidrugs drug reference and a medical calculator. The data collection software consists of a patient log for recording simple demographic and diagnostic information about each patient seen during the clerkship, a seminar evaluation module for recording student feedback about each didactic presentation during the course, and an evaluation form where they students supply their reactions to the use of the Visor. Despite encountering a number of problems, the devices appear to be beneficial tools. The applications provide useful references for students who do not have access to the resources of the University in their family medicine clerkship. They also provide an improved, though not perfect, means to capture data regarding patient encounters and course evaluations. However, the challenge remains to better integrate the PDA with the student s workflow in the clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-636
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2001


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