How the iPad is changing med school

First-year medical students at Stanford University are finding a bunch of ways to use the iPad to help them learn, Cult of Mac reports. The 91-first-year students who started three weeks ago were the first crop of pre-meds to be handed iPads. Here’s how they’re using it: (1) To look closer. A slide presentation or textbook might offer a tiny diagram of a molecular structure that students need to memorize. “You can’t even see that,” noted student Steven Sloan. “But on the iPad, you can just touch the screen to enlarge it.” (2) In place of paper and pencils. Student Christine Nguyen said she uses the iPad about 20 percent of the time, especially for anatomy. “Look at this,” Nguyen said, pointing to the rainbow of colors in an iPad program used for annotating documents. “It’s so useful for drawing in anatomy class.” (3) To lighten the textbook load. Instead of a two-foot-high pile of textbooks for just one class, the lightweight iPad can store course material, school administrators explained to students during orientation hoping to convince them to go as paperless as possible…

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Laura Ascione

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