Medical students' use of information resources: Is the digital age dawning?

Peterson MW, Rowat J, Kreiter C, Mandel J. Medical students' use of information resources: is the digital age dawning? Acad Med. 2004 79(1):89-95.

Investigators at the University of Iowa monitored the use of UpToDate by second year students as they transitioned to their clinical years. Students rapidly adopted UpToDate. By the end of their third year:

  • More than 85% of medical students identified electronic sources as their primary resource for medical information (UpToDate 53%, MDConsult 33%). UpToDate was preferred significantly more often than other resources.
  • They used electronic information resources daily and required less than 15 minutes to answer most of their clinical questions.