Does a smartphone application improve medical students and new ENT junior doctors confidence when dealing with ENT clinical scenarios?


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Introduction: The development of an electronic ENT application may improve medical students’ and junior doctors’ confidence in approaching common ENT scenarios if they have had little prior experience in this surgical subspeciality. Methods: A cohort of medical students and junior doctors based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital were asked to rate their confidence in approaching five common ENT scenarios before and after being granted access to a locally-developed ENT application. Results: Every participant showed an increase in their confidence score in dealing with each ENT scenario following access to the application. Junior doctors’ confidence scores showed an overall average confidence increase of 148% and medical students demonstrated an increase of 124%. Discussion: ENT smartphone applications have been shown to be successful in increasing medical students’ and junior doctors’ confidence in approaching common ENT clinical scenarios. The provision of such a resource for surgical subspecialties promotes a further step towards a paperless NHS as well as a standardised way of approaching patient care.


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