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Bringing smartphone technology into undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry

  • Melvyn W. B. Zhang, Cyrus S. H. Ho, Christopher C. S. Cheok and Roger C. M. Ho
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Smartphones are equipped with features that enable the rapid assessment of up-to-date evidence-based information. Their role in medical education is gaining recognition, and more and more institutions are providing devices or applications (apps) to medical students and trainees. Recent UK research suggests that most medical students believe smartphones would be a useful addition to their clinical education and that the majority of students and junior doctors own between one and five medically related apps. This article highlights the utility of these devices in education and summarises the existing technologies adopted by other specialties. It gives a framework for how psychiatry could adopt these new technologies in education and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of using this new approach. A brief illustration of how these technologies are being applied in undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry is included.

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Dr Melvyn Zhang, Psychiatry Resident, Level 9, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Healthcare Systems (NUHS) Tower Block, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074. Email: melvynzhangweibin@gmail.com
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

• Understand the impact of smartphone technologies in medical education

• Know where to find a step-by-step guide to developing simple smartphone educational apps

• Use a framework to appraise healthcare apps

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

M.W.B.Z., C.S.H.H. and R.C.M.H. are developers of the open access Mastering Psychiatry online portal, CASC Feedback Portal and Deja Vu CASC App; the authors have received no funding or grants for the development of the online portal; the Mastering Psychiatry native app is supported by an educational grant from the National University of Singapore Provost Office.

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Bringing smartphone technology into undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry

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