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Using mobile technology to enhance medical student assessment
  1. Smita Sinha,
  2. Sarah McRobbie,
  3. Ashley Meldrum,
  4. Craig Brown,
  5. Alan Denison
  1. Institute of Education for Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Smita Sinha, Population Health Research Institute, DBCVSRI, 237 Barton St E, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 2X2, Canada; ssinha{at}

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Given the value we place on ‘human’ qualities such as empathy, it is difficult to imagine a future where doctors are fully replaced by ‘Medibots’ as predicted by some. However, the integration of technology into the education domain is ubiquitous; innovations include EEG monitored high fidelity simulation,1 free open access medical education (FOAMED) and Google glass facilitated patient encounters.2

It is this increase in technologies, along with a deeper appreciation of educational psychology and pedagogy that has led to a significant change in the way medical learners are taught.

In this article, we describe our experience of using one example of technology, the mobile device, for the assessment of both students and our practice, as we strive as medical educators to keep abreast of technological advances. This drives innovation in our curriculum and …

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  • Contributors AD conceived idea, reviewed and redrafted manuscript. SS wrote first draft and subsequent reviews. AM contributed to writing content and reviews of the manuscript. CB contributed to writing content and reviews of the manuscript. SM contributed to writing content and reviews of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval College Ethics Review Board, University of Aberdeen.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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