Learning PDA Skills Online Is Feasible and Acceptable to Clerkship Students

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Executive Summary

It is feasible and acceptable to students to teach PDA decision support tools in an online course. In the setting, for the minority of students who chose to learn online, the format was successful and met their needs. The feasibility and acceptability of teaching medical students to use PDA clinical decisions support tools via a Web-based course have not been previously evaluated. A total of 119 third-year family medicine clerkship students completed a baseline survey on PDA use, attended an introductory PDA lecture, and were invited to voluntarily access a Web-based course through Blackboard. All students had been previously issued with PDAs in their second year.

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