Exploring medical students' use of internet search engines in radiology

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Thipsumon Tangsiwong Kosa Sudhorm Tipsuda Tangsriwong

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Nowadays use of internet search engines has become an essential part of medical students' lives due to accessibility and availability. The main aim of the study was to explore how students use the search engine gathering radiologic information.A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among 180 forth to sixth-year medical students ofBuddhachinaraj Medical Education Center in 2017 with a response rate of 100%. The results showed almost all medical students (98.3%) had personal electronic devices and 58.3% used smartphones as a major tool to obtain radiologic information. The students frequently performed a search by applying a specific keyword (65.6%), many keywords (14.4%), and keywords with citing websites (15%). With regard to choosing search results, they considered on headings, short descriptions, first-page results, well-known URLs and alternative images/ videosrespectively. Most of the students (83.8%) have already been quite good searching skills by self-appraisal; however, they constantly need to learn more for improving their expertise. Problems of the usage included low speed of internet, language barriers, accessibility of medical publications and overwhelming data. In conclusion, promoting education in search engine optimization and English proficiency is crucial to individual skill improvements and lifelong learning

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Thipsumon Tangsiwong

Department of Radiology, Buddhachinaraj Phitsanulok Hospital, Phitsanulok, Thailand 65000

 

Kosa Sudhorm

Department of Pediatrics, Buddhachinaraj Phitsanulok Hospital, Phitsanulok, Thailand 65000

Tipsuda Tangsriwong

Department of Pediatrics Surgery, Buddhachinaraj Phitsanulok Hospital, Phitsanulok, Thailand 65000