Getting in trouble for mobile medical learning?!
I was not a popular medical student among my professors with my social media activities and mobile apps which I used during rotations to access more and more relevant information. Once I crowdsourced a diagnosis with my Twitter community. Therefore I know what it feels like to use technology among people who are reluctant to do so in medicine. And now I just came across this story:
Last year I gave my brother an iPad for his birthday since he was starting his rotations as a 3rd year medical student and I knew he would be doing more mobile learning since most of his time would be spent in the wards.
When I checked in with him during his 3rd clerkship rotation, his enthusiam had markedly dampened.
He told me he had stopped using his iPad in his current rotation — citing a bad evaluation as the reason. When I read the evaluation I was shocked. Apparently he was “relying on his iPad too much” during clinical rounds to look up information, and not relying enough on textbooks. So the issue wasn’t looking up information — rather, he was looking up too much “electronic” information.
Iltifat Husain, MD, the author of the article mentioned above says he doesn’t know how to solve this, but I think the only way is education (helping not only medical students but professionals as well)!