ANALYSIS OF MOBILE DEVICES AS A SUPPORT TOOL FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

L. Briz Ponce, J.A. Juanes Méndez, F.J. García Peñalvo

Research Institute for Educational Sciences (SPAIN)
According to the report of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there is approximately 6.800 millions of users in the world with a mobile device. The fast evolution of these mobile devices for the last two decades has made the mobile phone become a minicomputer with a data connection. Because of the use of these mobile phones, the mobile applications appeared just one year later that the launching of the first iPhone and now the number of these applications reach more than 1 million in play store or app store (two application market for two different operation systems).

All these data illustrates the considerable importance of the mobile devices in our society and the tremendous opportunity for the medical education. The physicians and the medical students are using more and more these mobile devices daily in their work or even in their self-learning. Currently, some university schools of medicine in EEUU have already introduced the tablets as a new tool for education. The aim of this study is to make an analysis of the current usage of mobile devices and mobile applications in the University medical school and the main advantages and disadvantages of introducing this tool as part of the education curriculum