Medical Science Educator

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 241–245 | Cite as

Using Facebook for Ongoing Learning Promotes Higher National Licensing Examination Success

  • Sophapun EkarattanawongEmail author
  • Pholasit Chamod
  • Amornnat Thuppia
  • Nakorn Mathuradavong
  • Pattharawin Pattharanitima
  • Kornkarn Bhamarapravatana
  • Mohammed Meziani
Original Research



This study proposes Facebook usage as a motivational vehicle for studying block subjects in Problem-Based Learning Curriculum. Facebook page engagement should allow self-motivated medical students the opportunity to review subject materials. Frequent use and practice resulted in better National Licensing Examination step 1 (NLE1) scores amongst frequent users of posted material.


The scenarios and exercises were posted on a Facebook page every 2 months after completion of the relevant block. Participants were classified into four groups by frequency of Facebook page usage. Participants completed exit surveys after the NLE1 results were posted. The mean opinion scores of each group were compared using one-way ANOVA. The correlation coefficient of the percentage of the NLE1 success and frequency of page participation was calculated.


Most students spent excess of 3 months preparing for the NLE1. The most popular study aid was the MCQ bank. Frequent Facebook page users often preferred self-study and group work compared to “never” users (p < 0.05). Strong positive correlation (r = 0.956) was shown between the frequency of Facebook page usage and the success rate of the NLE1.


Facebook study cases allowed self-motivated medical students to periodically review subject materials. Frequent users’ regular practice resulted in better passing rates of the NLE1 exam.


Ongoing learning Facebook page National licensing examination 



We gratefully acknowledge the faculty of medicine, Thammasat University.

Research Funding

This work was supported by the faculty of medicine of Thammasat University funding 2015 (contract number #01/2558).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

The research protocol and informed consent form had been approved by the Human Ethics Committee of Thammasat University No.1 (Faculty of Medicine), number MTU-EC-DS-6-064/58 since May 29, 2015.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Preclinical Science, Faculty of MedicineThammasat UniversityRangsitThailand
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of MedicineThammasat UniversityPathumthaniThailand
  3. 3.School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Life sciencesMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

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