In an effort to integrate innovation and the latest technologies into the educational processes at Universities, Apple launched back in 2010 the iMedEd initiative at the University of California in Irvine.
Now, a report assessing the activity of the program recognizes its beneficial outcomes facilitated by the use of “innovative, digital-based educational platform that conforms to the 21st century learning styles and needs of students throughout the world”, within campus grounds. The report also found that students enrolled in the program scored 23% higher on their national exams than previous generations of students “despite having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores”.
In the UC Irvine campus, you don’t see students walking around carrying heavy texts books and uncomfortable backpacks. Instead, after enrollment, medical students receive an iPad on which digital copies of all school material and textbooks are uploaded. More than that, they have access via podcasts to the lectures provided, so in case they miss anything, they have the opportunity to catch up. This is particularly helpful, especially for med students, who have a tremendous amount of work ahead of them, and skipping just one class or one lab might prove disastrous. Students also have access to virtual medical equipment which perfectly mimic real tools used in healthcare, like the digital stethoscopes.