University of Minnesota medical students using the iPad for medical education

The medical students at the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus have all been given iPads to help with medical education — adding to the growing list of medical schools implementing “iPad medical curriculums”.  Medical schools we’ve already covered that have given their students iPads are Stanford, University of California-Irvine, and the University of Central Florida.

Why the iPad?

The University of Minnesota’s Duluth medical school had received a $2.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to fund efforts to increase the use of electronic learning in the medical school curriculum.

They targeted the iPad as a tool that could be used for electronic learning due to the numerous applications on the iOS platform and the portability it offers. Each of the 62 first-year students and faculty members have been given the iPad — and five subsequent medical school classes will receive the iPad as part of the study.

The University of Minnesota’s implementation of the iPad continues to show the large foothold iOS devices have in the medical ecosystem. And the reasons given by Minnesota’s medical school for choosing the iPad fall in line with other medical schools we have profiled, such as the significant number of applications — ranging from productivity to medical apps.

The iPad’s significant number of apps is something no other tablet device or platform is close to replicating — with Google’s Honeycomb OS still being far behind — and shows why Apple’s iPad will continue to enamor the medical community for the near future.

Link to video of iPads being used by the medical students at UMD

Source: WDIO local news, Minnesota Medicine


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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7 Responses to University of Minnesota medical students using the iPad for medical education

  1. drrjv April 4, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    Makes me want to go back to medical school – I remember all the index cards I used to use!

    • Iltifat Husain April 4, 2011 at 7:18 am #

      yep — cool to see how index cards are still being used by students in the video — but now on the iPad.

  2. Cygnusmobile April 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Medical is really interesting when looking at applications. iOS has by far and away the most medical apps, so anyone choosing a device has almost no choice but to go with iOS, otherwise you are locking yourself out of a wide selection of medically relevant apps.

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