Considering Point-of-Care Electronic Medical Resources in Lieu of Traditional Textbooks for Medical Education

J Physician Assist Educ. 2015 Sep;26(3):161-6. doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000035.


Selecting resources to support didactic courses is a critical decision, and the advantages and disadvantages must be carefully considered. During clinical rotations, students not only need to possess strong background knowledge but also are expected to be proficient with the same evidence-based POC resources used by clinicians. Students place high value on “real world” learning and therefore may place more value on POC resources that they know practicing clinicians use as compared with medical textbooks. The condensed nature of PA education requires students to develop background knowledge and information literacy skills over a short period. One way to build that knowledge and those skills simultaneously is to use POC resources in lieu of traditional medical textbooks during didactic training. Electronic POC resources offer several advantages over traditional textbooks and should be considered as viable options in PA education.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Physician Assistants / education*
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Textbooks as Topic*