Social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies have proliferated, but how frequently do residents use social media and other Internet technologies in their medical training, and how do they access digital information?

The 2010 AAP Annual Graduating Resident Survey found that nearly all residents (90%) feel that digital technology improved their ability to learn new medical information. Eight in 10 residents use digital technology to obtain medical information on a daily basis (see Figure 1), while few communicate information to families via digital technology.

Results also showed that residents use various tools to access digital material but mainly rely on desktop and laptop computers. For medical education, most residents use a desktop (87%) or laptop (90%) computer, 52% use a smartphone and 3% use a digital book reader.

For patient care, desktop and laptop computers again are most used (89% and 77%, respectively), with 42% using a smartphone and...

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