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Smartphones and professionalism: A cross-sectional study on interns and final-year medical students

Authors: Saleh Alqaryan, Mohannad Alkhalifa, Majed Alharbi, Somaya Alabaishi and Turki Aldrees

Int J Med Res Health Sci.198-202 | pdf PDF Full Text

The smartphone is a powerful tool that can be used to improve the health care system as long as certain checks and
balances are implemented. It is commonly used by health care providers and medical students. A cross-sectional
study conducted at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Final-year medical students and interns were included. A
survey was distributed and divided into three sections: personal technology, experiences of using smartphones
during clinical rotations, and attitudes about the usage of smartphones for clinical work. A total of 156 interns and
students participated in the study. All of them owned a smartphone. Three-quarters of the respondents used their
mobile for personal purposes, while 71.2% used them to look up medical references and resources. Respondents
also used personal mobiles to keep in contact with team members regarding patient- (29.5%) and non-patientrelated
issues (26.3%). Some 16% of participants did not have any security features on their smartphones. Over half
the participants did not get proper instructions about using their smartphones from either their medical college or
senior residents or consultants. There is a lot to be done in this area, as certain regulations need to be carried out to
lead toward a world that is pro-technology, health centered, and safe.
Keywords: Smartphones, Medical Education, technology, professionalism, Medical Students

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