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Podiatric Medical Students’ Evaluation of a Computerized Student-Patient Encounter Log System

Stephen J. Morewitz Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, Buffalo Grove, IL, and San Francisco and Tarzana, CA; California State University, Hayward.
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College, Oakland.

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Graham P. Shaw School of Natural and Health Sciences and School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.

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Joel R. Clark Department of Surgery, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College, Oakland; St Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.

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Samantha Mullins Department of Basic Medical Sciences, California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College, Oakland.

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The computerized student-patient encounter log system represents a considerable improvement in terms of efficiency and accuracy over traditional paper-based student-patient encounter reporting systems. The computerized log not only facilitates faculty monitoring of students’ assessment and management of health problems at geographically disparate locations but also provides a rich resource of data for enhancing clinical teaching and learning experiences. However, little is known about podiatric medical students’ experiences with Web-based computerized student-patient encounter log systems. The findings reported in this article suggest that the computerized student-patient encounter log was considered to be useful and effective by most of the podiatric medical students surveyed and represents an improvement over traditional paper-based recording systems. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 95(6): 556–563, 2005)

Corresponding author: Graham P. Shaw, PhD, School of Natural and Health Sciences and School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Barry University, 11300 NE Second Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695.