|ADZU-SOM Research Database Utilization
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine possesses a rich bank of community-based researches done by each individual graduate since its first batch in 1998. Moreover, there has been a continuous contribution of researches done by the faculty under the Master in Public Health and Master in Health Professions Education programs of the Graduate School in conjunction with the ADZU-SOM. As such, the wide array of researches provides future students and rural-based practicing physicians a treasure-trove of evidence about community-based health problems. In late 2007, the Telehealth Office of the School of Medicine launched the ADZU-SOM Research Database, a web-based library of all the researches produced by graduates and faculty of the school. Reached from the ADZU-SOM website through the icon on health research database, the user is led to the search window of the database. The user can download full-text articles for free from this site with no added costs.
The database was opened to the public in February 2008. From February 2008 to May 2009, there are a total of 289 theses in archive with 211 produced by the doctor of medicine graduates, 76 produced by the Master in Public Health program graduates, and 2 produced by the Master in Health Professions Education graduates. There are a total of 1,268 visits to the site with 37.6% of the visits referred by search engines and 36.2% of the visits by direct visit to the site. Of the 1,268 visits, 658 are considered as new visits. The utilization of the database was highest in May of 2009 and in November of 2008, the time where most level 4 students and Master in Public Health students prepare for their thesis proposal defense, respectively. With more students enrolling in the first year level, it is expected that the utilization of the database will increase. The School of Medicine faces more challenges as the utilization also may increase from the widespread availability of these researches in the world wide web.