Medical student case presentation performance and perception when using mobile learning technology in the emergency department

Matthew Tews, Kimberly Brennan, Tomer Begaz, Robert Treat

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Background: Hand-held mobile learning technology provides opportunities for clinically relevant selfinstructional modules to augment traditional bedside teaching. Using this technology as a teaching tool has not been well studied. We sought to evaluate medical students' case presentation performance and perception when viewing short, just-in-time mobile learning videos using the iPod touch prior to patient encounters. Methods: Twenty-two fourth-year medical students were randomized to receive or not to receive instruction by video, using the iPod Touch, prior to patient encounters. After seeing a patient, they presented the case to their faculty, who completed a standard data collection sheet. Students were surveyed on their perceived confidence and effectiveness after using these videos. Results: Twenty-two students completed a total of 67 patient encounters. There was a statistically significant improvement in presentations when the videos were viewed for the first time (p=0.032). There was no difference when the presentations were summed for the entire rotation (p=0.671). The reliable (alpha=0.97) survey indicated that the videos were a useful teaching tool and gave students more confidence in their presentations. Conclusion: Medical student patient presentations were improved with the use of mobile instructional videos following first time use, suggesting mobile learning videos may be useful in medical student education. Clinical educators should consider whether, in an instance where live bedside or direct interactive teaching is unavailable, using just-in-time educational videos on a handheld device might be useful as a supplemental instructional strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7327
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acutely ill patient
  • Bedside teaching
  • Case presentations
  • Educational videos
  • Handheld devices
  • Just-in-time learning
  • Medical students
  • Mobile technology
  • iPod touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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