Author: Dr Rebecca Dimond, Wendy Hardyman, Prof. Alison Bullock, Cardiff University and Dr Mark Stacey, Cardiff Deanery

Day Two – Wednesday 26th June

Strand – Health & Well Being

Session Six: 2.45pm – 4.15pm

Mobile technology is reshaping the content and context of medical education. The Wales Deanery funded ‘iDoc project’ is able to support newly qualified doctors in Wales by offering an internet free package of medical textbooks with cross text search facility for use on their own smartphones. This aims to support learning and practice and assist the transition from medical school to workplace, a period associated with increased patient mortality. Studies consistently report high levels of stress, depression and anxiety among newly qualified doctors as they manage greater responsibility for patient care with limited knowledge and experience.

iDoc is currently the only project to facilitate mobile learning with robust evaluation. iDoc users complete an initial questionnaire and electronically submit at least two narrative case reports which detail specific instances of mobile use. Evaluation of the use and implications of mobile technology (smartphones) in workplace training focuses on: When and why do trainees use the smartphone library in the workplace? What impact does this have on transition, learning and practice? How does use impact on relationships with patients and workplace colleagues?

Over 90% of the newly qualified doctors agreed that immediate access to the smartphone library lessened their worries. Six key themes are reported which highlight the multiple ways in which ‘just-in-time’ information resources can support transition: confidence in decision making; efficiency; patient care; enhancing relationships with seniors; learning independence and independent practice. Providing access to mobile resources can alleviate trainee anxiety, enhance learning processes and contribute to improved patient care.

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