E-learning can be a complement to traditional medical education. Medical students can discuss clinical cases in an online forum. An online forum may help students access information to assist them in choosing a specialty during the internship. The purpose of this study was to determine whether their online learning behaviors would influence their specialty preferences. Medical students were clustered into groups based on their topic preferences. With the specialty weights of each topic provided by the clinical teachers, student groups could be identified as different specialty preference groups. Next, medical students were clustered into learning groups identified as active or inactive based on the degree of participation in learning activities. With the association analysis of learning behavior and specialty preference, the active learning group would engage in highly challenging and high-income specialties whereas an inactive learning group would be attracted to the stable and time-flexible specialties regardless of potential income.
Liou, Chuen-He, "Association of Learning Behavior and Specialty Preference for Medical Students in an Online Forum" (2022). PACIS 2022 Proceedings. 229.
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