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Utilization of information technology in medical education: a questionnaire survey of students in a Malaysian institution


Nurjahan, MI and Lim, TA and Yeong, SW and Foong, AL and Ware, J, Utilization of information technology in medical education: a questionnaire survey of students in a Malaysian institution, The Medical journal of Malaysia, Suppl E:58-66 ISSN 0300-5283 (2002) [Refereed Article]


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this survey was to obtain a self-reported assessment of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by medical students at the International Medical University, Malaysia.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Students' perceived skills and extent of usage of ICT were evaluated using a questionnaire. Chi-square analysis were performed to ascertain the association between variables. Further statistical testing using Chi-square test for trend was done when one of the variables was ordered, and Spearman rank correlation when both variables were ordered.

RESULTS: Overall, (98%) of students responded to the questionnaire. Twenty seven students (5.7%) did not use a computer either in the university or at home. Most students surveyed reported adequate skills at word processing (55%), e-mailing (78%) and surfing the internet (67%).

CONCLUSION: The results suggests that in order to increase the level of computer literacy among medical students, positive steps would need to be taken, for example the formal inclusion of ICT instruction in the teaching of undergraduate medicine. This will enhance medical students' ability to acquire, appraise, and use information in order to solve clinical and other problems quickly and efficiently in the course of their studies, and more importantly when they graduate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Information Technology; Medical Education; Survey; Malaysia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Foong, AL (Dr Andrew Foong)
ID Code:125304
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-04-16

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