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News and briefs: Residents using smartphones in hospital

Residency Program Insider, December 6, 2011

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A recent ACGME survey found that residents are using their smartphones in clinical practice, accessing applications such as medical calculators, drug guides, and pregnancy wheels. The survey also found that more residents use their smartphone in clinical practice than licensed independent practitioners. According to an article from the website iMedicalApps, the ACGME released the survey to all of its certified training programs, and program directors were encouraged to distribute to faculty as well as residents. Eighty-eight percent of residents who responded to the survey said they owned a smartphone, and 70% said they use medical apps while at work. Although 78% of attending physicians in practice for more than 15 years answered yes to owning a smartphone, only 39% answered yes to using their phone in the clinical setting.   



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