Semin Med Pract
Handheld computing by resident physicians: enhancing performance and demonstrating competence
Sousa AC, Zaroukian MH
In this article, the second in a series on handheld computing in resident education, the authors examine the many ways that residents can use personal digital assistants (PDAs). To provide quality care, residents must be able to retrieve relevant medical information and combine it with patient-specific data at the point of care. The expanding capabilities of PDAs make them increasingly valuable for obtaining answers to patient-specific questions that directly impact care decisions. By providing access to programs that allow accurate clinical calculations and efficient searches for reliable medical information, a PDA can help address a residentís knowledge gaps and lead to more effective and efficient care decisions. A PDA also can be used to demonstrate several key areas of competence required for resident education.
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