UC Irvine's iMedEd Program Helps Students Do Better on Exams
After launching a new iMedEd initiative built around Apple’s iPad, the University of California at Irvine reports that students in the program have now scored “an average of 23% higher on their national exams” than previous classes “despite having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores.” Apple drew particular attention toward the iMedEd Initiative, designating it as an “Apple Distinguished Program” for being an “innovative, digital-based educational platform that conforms to the 21st century learning styles and needs of students throughout the world,” according to UC Irvine School of Medicine dean Dr. Ralph V. Clayman.
As part of the program, incoming UC Irvine medical students receive iPads that provide digital copies of all textbooks, along with access to podcasts of all lectures and other instructional materials. The iPads also provide secure access to patient records and recorded data from "digital stethoscopes, bedside diagnostic ultrasound units and a variety of other medical devices."
Of the group of students who are participating in the iMedEd program, some formed an “innovators group” to discuss the latest technologies that oculd factor into the medical school’s curriculum. They’ve since partnered with the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences to hold a “Med AppJam” devoted to building new iPad apps for healthcare. In ten days, more than 100 participants had developed 19 specialized iPad apps for healthcare, including “one focused on acute care during natural disasters and another that provides instruction for bedside diagnostic ultrasonography.”
With the success rate of the iMedEd program, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Apple’s iPad becoming more and more popular in the education industry.
) via AppleInsider