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Date: Nov 30, 2011

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Health Sciences Library Receives $10,000 Grant to Study Effectiveness of iPads in Medical Education

Program will track effectiveness of iPad and apps as tool for medical education

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library has received a $10,000 Technology Improvement Express Award grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, for iPads that will be loaded with medical textbooks and other related applications as part of a study to determine the usefulness of the new technology in the medical school’s curriculum. The iPad pilot program will train and track users to determine the effectiveness of the iPad and apps as a tool for medical education.

“We are honored to have received this award,” said Dean Lawrence Smith. “It presents an exceptional opportunity for our new medical school to further enhance the learning experience for our students.”

The grant will pay for the purchase of 10 iPads and cases, along with textbook, productivity and medical applications. Ten out of the 40 current first-year medical students and 10 out of approximately 30 faculty members involved in the Winter/Spring course will receive the devices. In-person training, as well as a support website, will be provided by library staff. Some of the apps loaded on the iPads will include textbooks not currently available via library subscriptions on various platforms, specific information retrieval apps such as Pubmed on Tap, Micromedex and DynaMed; patient education apps; and a patient log app such as Drchrono, which can serve the students as a transportable Electronic Health Record.

After using the devices for the trial period, participants will be asked to assess the usage of the device and the effectiveness of the iPad and apps as a tool for medical education.

Students and faculty at the school who own their own iPads will be given the opportunity to load the same textbooks and set of apps and will also be offered training.

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine transforms the traditional model of how future generations of physicians will be educated. As the first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 40 years, the School of Medicine truly revolutionizes medical education, making it more relevant to the practice of medicine in our ever-changing world. The school’s ground-breaking academic course content and patient-centered core values offer motivated and academically-talented physicians-in-training the unique opportunity to study medicine with an innovative curriculum that integrates basic science with hands-on clinical experience throughout the four years of medical school.The School of Medicine was formed in response to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2006 recommendation to increase medical school enrollment by 30 percent by 2015. Hofstra University, Long Island’s largest and most prestigious private university, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest health systems in the nation, responded to this need by establishing the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The School of Medicine is an academic unit of Hofstra University.

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