Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 656–660 | Cite as

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

  • Caitlin E. Snow
  • John Torous
  • Janna S. Gordon-Elliott
  • Julie B. Penzner
  • Fermonta Meyer
  • Robert Boland
In Brief Report



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.


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.


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.


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.


Electronic resources Medical student Education Psychiatry 



The authors do not have any acknowledgments to disclose.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The study was reviewed by the Weill Cornell Medicine Institutional Review Board and approved as exempt status.


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Funding sources

There were no sources of funding of the study to disclose.


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© Academic Psychiatry 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Caitlin E. Snow
    • 1
  • John Torous
    • 2
  • Janna S. Gordon-Elliott
    • 1
  • Julie B. Penzner
    • 1
  • Fermonta Meyer
    • 2
  • Robert Boland
    • 2
  1. 1.Weill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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