Mobile Tech Educating Future Doctors, Healthcare Professionals at UC Irvine

According to an announcement this week from UC Irvine, the iMedEd Initiative – UC Irvine’s medical education program based on iPad tablet computing – has attained a significant mark of distinction. The initiative has been chosen as a 2012-13 Apple Distinguished Program.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that integrate Apple technology into education and meet certain criteria.

Through the program, UC Irvine medial students use iPads containing digital copies of all textbooks. The tablets also provide portals through which students can readily access all classroom lectures and other instructional materials.
Illustrating and foreshadowing the sensitive nature of their future work as doctors and healthcare industry professionals, the iPads even provide secure access to patient records and other data obtained through medical devices.

“The iMedEd Initiative has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for its innovative, digital-based educational platform that conforms to the 21st century learning styles and needs of students throughout the world,” says Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “The digital platform has enabled us to effectively respond to this responsibility in a manner heretofore unimaginable. By having all aspects of our medical school curriculum on iPad, learning becomes a 24/7 opportunity no longer tied to the classroom or a desk. We believe our students are learning better than they have in the past.”

Based on details made available so far, the first class participating in the iMedEd Initiative scored an average of 23 percent higher on their national exams than previous UC Irvine medical school classes, despite having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores.

To learn more about the program and its impact, click here.

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