A new mobile learning module using smartphone wallpapers in identification of medical fungi for medical students and residents

A new mobile learning module using smartphone wallpapers in identification of medical fungi for... IntroductionFungal infection, mainly present in tropical and subtropical areas, is an important field in dermatology. Fungal infection of the skin, hair, or nails affects more than 1 billion people worldwide per year, and millions of people suffer from invasive fungal diseases resulting in high morbidity and mortality. In order to determine proper treatment, it is essential that dermatologists have the ability to identify the causative fungal species by colony characteristics and microscopic morphology. However, due to the wide variety as well as similarity of fungal species, it is difficult for dermatologists to memorize the extensive morphologic and culture characteristics of different fungi. Most dermatology residents are only capable of identifying the more common fungal species during dermatology training.Educators have attempted to design different instructional materials to aid medical image interpretation, from lecture‐based, teacher‐centered education to active, student‐centered learning. With modern technology, almost every medical student or resident uses a smartphone in their daily lives. Overall, most of them spend more time searching and accessing information from smartphones than from books or documents. Therefore, it is reasonable to combine smartphone usage and knowledge acquisition, also known as “mobile learning.” Mobile learning is a popular method to promote active learning. It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Dermatology Wiley

A new mobile learning module using smartphone wallpapers in identification of medical fungi for medical students and residents

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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International Journal of Dermatology © 2018 International Society of Dermatology
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0011-9059
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1365-4632
D.O.I.
10.1111/ijd.13934
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IntroductionFungal infection, mainly present in tropical and subtropical areas, is an important field in dermatology. Fungal infection of the skin, hair, or nails affects more than 1 billion people worldwide per year, and millions of people suffer from invasive fungal diseases resulting in high morbidity and mortality. In order to determine proper treatment, it is essential that dermatologists have the ability to identify the causative fungal species by colony characteristics and microscopic morphology. However, due to the wide variety as well as similarity of fungal species, it is difficult for dermatologists to memorize the extensive morphologic and culture characteristics of different fungi. Most dermatology residents are only capable of identifying the more common fungal species during dermatology training.Educators have attempted to design different instructional materials to aid medical image interpretation, from lecture‐based, teacher‐centered education to active, student‐centered learning. With modern technology, almost every medical student or resident uses a smartphone in their daily lives. Overall, most of them spend more time searching and accessing information from smartphones than from books or documents. Therefore, it is reasonable to combine smartphone usage and knowledge acquisition, also known as “mobile learning.” Mobile learning is a popular method to promote active learning. It

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International Journal of DermatologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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