Reaction to EMR Exposure of First Year Medical Students

Farrell, Gerard and Klima, George and Murphy, Karen and Hollett, Ann (2012) Reaction to EMR Exposure of First Year Medical Students. Working Paper. Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is being strongly encouraged in the United States and Canada by governments touting improved quality of care. While some find the technology daunting, medical students entering school today have had more exposure to technology than older members of the profession and should find it less challenging. This study assessed the technology readiness of a first year medical school class and then exposed them to an EMR. Method First year medical students at Memorial University were exposed to a fully functioning EMR as part of a class assignment. The assignment was based around a fabricated patient encounter and used an EMR application to create a chart. Reactions to the EMR exposure were noted during a debriefing session. Medical student reaction to the technology was assessed, including perceived ease of use and how such exposure influenced their likelihood to use an EMR in practice in the future. Results Results indicate that although experienced in the use of computers, first year medical students did not find the EMR easy to use and they indicated a need for formal training in the use of EMRs. Interpretation EMRs can be used in the medical school curriculum with introduction occurring as early as first year under controlled circumstances. Lengthy training isn’t required if assignments are kept to that of a basic medical encounter. Medical students’ familiarity with technology facilitates their basic use of the EMR application however, training is necessary for more comprehensive use of EMRs in practice.

Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Item ID: 624
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: September 2012
Date Type: Publication

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