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

sound units and a variety of other medical devices, as well as encrypted, patient-protected electronic medical records.

"At UC Irvine's School of Medicine, we see each of our talented students as having a unique style of learning. It's our challenge and responsibility to provide a broad array of educational opportunities so that every student can master the knowledge essential to becoming an outstanding healthcare provider," Clayman said.

"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."

He added that the first class participating in the iMedEd Initiative scored an average of 23 percent higher on their national exams taken at the end of the second year of medical school than previous UC Irvine medical school classes, despite having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores.

UC Irvine's medical students have advanced the iMedEd mission in creative ways. They formed an iMedEd Innovators Group, which consists of eager "technophiles" who review the latest technology offerings to see what place they might have in the medical school curriculum. Their blog is read worldwide.

In addition, with support from the Kay Family Foundation, students from the medical school and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences teamed up to hold the world's first student-run Med AppJam, designed to create Apple-based applications with healthcare utility. Over the course of 10 days, more than 100 participants produced 19 apps among them one focused on acute care during natural disasters and another that provides instruction for bedside diagnostic ultrasonography.

Other students have formed an iMedEd International program, exploring how their iP
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Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine
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