Exploiting Use of QR Codes for Monitoring Medical Student Absenteeism

Tiroyamodimo Mogotlhwane and Tsaone Moloi


QR code, Attendance, Princess Marina Hospital, Absenteeism, Success, UB School of Medicine


Students pursuing the Doctor of Medicine degree have entered a profession in which full participation in the learning environment is an essential component of life-long learning and aligns with accreditation and licensing standards. As part of professional development as pediatrics-in-training, medical school students are expected to make thier medical school schedule thier highest priority. The medical school expects each student to contribute to small group learning by being an integral part of the clinical team-approach to sharing expertise and problem solving. These principles align with pediatric’s professional responsibilities to thier team and patients. Therefore, attendance and participation are expected in all educational activities, and are required for all small group and team-based learning sessions, seminars, as well as other unique sessions as specified by the Course Directors. Attendance and participation are assessed and documented in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation. Lack of attendance data and coordination can make recording and analysing attendance data problematic, as the value of attendance data is dependent upon accuracy, speed, consistency and accessibility to data. This research investigates the potential of application of Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) to replace the manual methods of monitoring student’s attendance which can be time consuming.

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