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UCI's iMedEd Initiative named a 2012-13 Apple Distinguished Program
Date:2/11/2013

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 The iMedEd Initiative UC Irvine's innovative medical education program based on iPad tablet computing has been chosen as a 2012-13 Apple Distinguished Program.

This year, iMedEd Initiative joins select programs that Apple is honoring nationwide as exemplary learning environments. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that integrate Apple technology into education and meet criteria for visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment.

"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," said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

The iMedEd Initiative is reinventing the traditional medical school curriculum, Clayman added. It was the first in the nation to build a completely digital, interactive learning environment which includes tablet-based learning and portable ultrasound clinical training and continues to lead in adapting emerging technologies for all aspects of classroom and clinical training.

Since 2010, when the initiative was launched, incoming UC Irvine medical students have received fully loaded iPads, putting at their fingertips all the information they need to read, study or review. (Textbooks are electronically accessible or carried directly on iPad.) The tablets also provide podcasts of lectures and a wealth of other instructional materials assembled for students' course and clinical work. This multimedia approach has engendered a rich educational environment that accommodates all modes of learning, especially small group sessions.

With their secure iPads, students record and display data from digital stethoscopes, bedside diagnostic ultra
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Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine
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