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Tablet Computer Use by Medical Students in the United States


The value of tablet computer use in education is an area of considerable interest. Preliminary investigations shows that medical students feel that tablet computers were a positive addition to the preclinical curriculum. To better understand how and why medical students use tablet computers, we conducted an online survey of medical students in the United States This study shows frequent tablet computer use by medical students. Students in clinical years of medical school are the most frequent users of tablet computers. The high frequency of tablet computer use suggest that this may be an important area for medical educators to explore.

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Robinson, R.L., Burk, M.S. Tablet Computer Use by Medical Students in the United States. J Med Syst 37, 9959 (2013).

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  • Tablet computer
  • App
  • Mobile computing
  • Medical education