The use of iPads in education has become more common, especially among medical students. 25% of medical schools integrate iPads into their curriculum, with a portion of those being given to students without charge. There have been some unexpected benefits that have come out of this integration as well.
E-Books Cost Less Than Paper Textbooks: Medical school texts can often total upwards of $900. When utilizing electronic texts instead, this cost is lowered to $50. Even factoring in the cost of buying an iPad, if the school does not provide one, that still totals out to be less than what they used to pay.
Time Management Is Key: With the use of iPads in the classroom, professors can create more focused learning and utilize smaller group interaction. Also, instead of keeping face to face office hours, which require them to be in the same place every day, professors can have electronic office hours so that they can answer student questions on the go.
Earlier Integration: By having iPad use in school, the physicians-in-training can become more comfortable with technology and better able to use it when they embark on their careers. With this comfort level increased, future physicians can provide better interaction with their patients and better accessibility to records while making their rounds.
Integration of technology will be key to the expansion and transitions that the future of medicine will require. By becoming accustomed to the tools early in their careers, medical students can be better prepared and have a more stable base as they become the new face of medical care across the country.