Proceedings of The Physiological Society

Physiology 2016 (Dublin, Ireland) (2016) Proc Physiol Soc 37, PCA114

Poster Communications

Use of smart phones for academic purpose among medical students of private medical colleges of Karachi, Pakistan

M. A. Kanpurwala1,2, F. Faiz3

1. Physiology, University of Karachi, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. 2. Physiology, MBQMDC, Karachi, Pakistan. 3. Department of Health Management, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan.

Introduction/ Objective/s: There has been a paradigm shift of thoughts regarding the usage of mobile phones in the last few years. The utilization of smart phones is getting more common in healthcare day by day. Healthcare providers and students are widely using the smart phone for getting up to date Medical information within no time. The aim of the study is to determine the awareness and the extent to which medical students use smart phone apps in their academics and to determine the relationship between academic use of smart phones and final grades. Methodology: It was a cross sectional study in which data has been collected from 400 medical students of two private medical colleges of Karachi. Through a self administered questionnaire questions such as demographic, usage of smart phones, type of smart phone being used, and awareness of any medical apps, awareness of any medical books, time spent on medical apps, purpose of using medical apps, no of apps being used, duration since when the apps are in use, etc has been asked. Results: In this study 360 medical students participated in which 40 were male and 320 were female students out of which 96.1% (n=346/360) of medical students owned a smart phone. Out of these 360 students, 91.7% of medical students used smart phone for academic purpose. Majority of the students have 1 -3 medical related applications installed on their phones with a maximum of 13 apps in any phone. Majority of the students were using free apps and only 28% of the apps were purchased. It has been observed that majority of the students spend less than 1hr on mobile devices for academic purpose. Most of them used it once or twice a day for multiple academic purposes that is for taking notes, regular study & revising exams. But there was no significant difference in the GPA among students who used the smart phones for more than 5 hours for academic purpose as compare to those who used it for less than 1 hour (p= 0.76). Conclusion: It has been concluded that medical students are using smart phones for academic purpose as well in addition to telecommunication and the proportion is much greater that it was observed in a similar study a year back in a nearby city.

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