Incorporating “ICT” Training into Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: An Online Survey assessing the opinions of Medical Students

Authors

  • Oghosa Evbuomwan School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Kehinde Kazeem Kanmodi Mental and Oral Health Development Organization Inc, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
  • Njideka Jacob Nwafor Mental and Oral Health Development Organization Inc, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria
  • Emma Omoruyi McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Dabota Yvonne Buowari Department of Accident and Emergency, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55320/mjz.47.3.89

Keywords:

Information and Communications Technology, medical students, digital health, curriculum, education, opinions

Abstract

Background: The huge relevance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in healthcare cannot be overemphasized.  Despite the huge benefits associated with the use of ICT in healthcare, many medical schools (especially in the developing countries) are yet to incorporate ICT education as an academic course in their school curricula. This study aims to assess the opinions of medical students on the incorporation of ICT as an academic course into undergraduate medical curriculum.
Material and Methods: This study was a crosssectional online survey of 135 Nigerians who were studying Human Medicine as at the time of the survey. Study data was collected using an equestionnaire which explored the participants': level of academic exposure to ICT education, usage of digital health products, perception of the relevance of digital technologies in healthcare, and opinions on
the incorporation of ICT into undergraduate medical curriculum. Collected data was analyzed using SPSS version 23 software.
Results: Majority of the respondents were from developing countries (95.6%), 71.1% were 21 – 25 years old, 63.7% were females, and  47.4% were final year students. Not up to one-third (28.1%) of them had ever taken a course (or obtained a degree) that is related to ICT, 5.9% did not consider digital health technologies to be of relevance to healthcare, 91.1% were of the opinion that the future of
healthcare is digital, 87.4% were enthusiastic about using and/or promoting digital health strategies, 60.7% had used digital health product in their lifetime, and 94.8% were of the opinion that medical schools should have ICT courses in their curriculum. However, there exists no statistically significant difference between the opinions of the respondents on the incorporation of ICT into medical curriculum and their: gender, age, country of residence, location of school, and academic level (p-values>0.05).
Conclusion: Many of the surveyed medical students lack basic training on ICTdespite their high rate of lifetime use of digital health products. Despite this, many of them are in favor of the incorporation of ICT as an academic course into the medical school curriculum.

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Published

30-09-2020

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Incorporating “ICT” Training into Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: An Online Survey assessing the opinions of Medical Students. (2020). Medical Journal of Zambia, 47(3), 215-222. https://doi.org/10.55320/mjz.47.3.89

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