How much do preclinical medical students utilize the internet to study physiology?

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dc.contributor.author O'Malley, Dervla
dc.contributor.author Barry, Denis S.
dc.contributor.author Rae, Mark G.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-30T11:47:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-30T11:47:51Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-30
dc.identifier.citation O'Malley, D., Barry, D. S. and Rae, M. G. (2019) 'How much do preclinical medical students utilize the internet to study physiology?', Advances in Physiology Education, 43(3), pp. 383-391. doi: 10.1152/advan.00070.2019 en
dc.identifier.volume 43 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 383 en
dc.identifier.endpage 391 en
dc.identifier.issn 1043-4046
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8422
dc.identifier.doi 10.1152/advan.00070.2019 en
dc.description.abstract Medical students increasingly utilize social media platforms to supplement their preclinical learning; however, the prevalence of social media use for physiology learning in medical education remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to determine how first-year medical students from both direct entry medicine and graduate entry medicine interacted with social media as a learning tool by assessing its prevalence, perceived benefits, favored platforms, and reason(s) for its use. Seventy-one percent of surveyed students (out of 139 participants) stated that they interacted with social media in general more than 12 times per week. However, 98% had previously used internet platforms to source physiology information, with 89.2% doing so at least once per week during term. YouTube was the primary source of learning for 76% of students. Significantly, 94% of students indicated that they would first search for answers online if they did not understand something in physiology rather than contacting their instructor in person or by e-mail. However, only 31% of students “fact-checked” physiology information obtained from online sources, by using textbooks, papers, and/or instructors. Our study has revealed that most preclinical medical students utilize social media extensively to study physiology. However, the absence of academic and ethical oversight, paired with students’ lack of critical appraisal of possibly inaccurate information, does raise concerns about the overall utility of social media as part of physiology education. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Physiological Society en
dc.relation.uri https://www.physiology.org/doi/abs/10.1152/advan.00070.2019
dc.rights © 2019, The American Physiological Society. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Fact-checking en
dc.subject Physiology en
dc.subject Preclinical medical students en
dc.subject Social media en
dc.subject YouTube en
dc.title How much do preclinical medical students utilize the internet to study physiology? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mark Rae, Physiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: m.rae@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2020-07-30
dc.date.updated 2019-08-30T11:39:07Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 498549732
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Advances in Physiology Education en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.rae@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.eissn 1522-1229


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