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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

Use of epidemiological research database software (“Epi Info”) for the computerisation of student registration and examination results

Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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MD(Camb), FRCP(Edin) Chioli P Chijioke
Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1129, Enugu
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Background: Traditional methods of examining medical students are still important. Manual collation of examination marks (with the use of calculators to obtain results) is tedious and time-consuming. This paper illustrates the use of Epi-Info research software by applying it to the processing of student registration and examination results. Methods: Students' registration details are entered into the Epi-Info record file provided. Specially designed programs then generate files for entry of examination marks, computation of final results and printing out of marks and results for vetting and cross-checking at examiners' meetings. Results: Sample print-outs of collated examination marks and the computed final results are provided. Conclusion: Computerisation eases the work load posed by the processing of registration details and examination results. However the importance of maintaining data confidentiality and cross-checking computer outputs with original records of marks cannot by overemphasized.

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