iPads + WSU College of Medicine

Medical education takes initiative

As the health care environment becomes more digital and mobile, medical students must be ready with innovative technologies and devices that prepare them for medical practice and inspire them to solve the problems that challenge our healthcare environment.

We have launched more than 500 iPads for our medical education program, which prepares students to care for patients throughout Washington state.

All incoming medical students receive:

Students using ipads

iPads are gifted to students by our generous donors

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Here’s how the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine innovates using iPads

The iPad helps us provide equitable access to compelling medical education content and allows for an easy transition from our classroom-based pre-clinical education session to our community-based clinical programs. 

We provide students with a wide array of learning tools and access to paid subscription resources. By covering these costs for learning resources, we create an environment where all students have equitable access to these digital-learning resources. By providing a variety of tools, we support different learning styles.

We leverage JAMF to customize the iPad experience by pushing custom content like in-house created ebooks, specific medical education apps, and web links to relevant online resources. We also utilize JAMF Self Service for a customizable catalog of applications.

  • Push and pull content such as eBooks and apps to and from students and faculty.
  • Manage iPad inventory and pull reports.
  • Erase the device as one of our security measures if it is stolen.
  • Enable lost mode to help a student recover a misplaced iPad. 

With the guidance of faculty facilitators and collaboration with peers, students explore various core concepts that integrate the clinical and foundational sciences while considering contextual factors that impact patient care and outcomes. We work together with our curriculum team to create cases in ebook format, fostering engagement and collaboration among students and faculty.

An example of a case involving Washington residents:
The fictional town of Wesford, Washington with 40,000 residents has a small hospital, which is in stark contrast with the resources of a larger city like Spokane.

Case writers created nine different fictional patients with a range of backgrounds—from five-month-old Gabriel Cruz, who has feeding difficulties, to Frances Plouman, an 88-year-old woman, who is in for a checkup—and each of whom the students saw for multiple visits.

Students take two different types of exams, which utilize iPads differently: 

  1. Exams in our learning-management system use a lockdown browser app on the iPad. 
  1. Students take national exams on the computer, and the iPad serves as a camera for the proctors to watch students. 

iPads are used to collect feedback in real time. The structured forms provide feedback on specific skills and knowledge and take less than five minutes to complete. A physician or other member of the care team reviews and discusses the feedback with the student to facilitate growth.

We have collected more than 1 million discrete data points from or about our students’ learning and experiences so far, which helps us meet the unique challenges that come with a community-based medical school.

Meet one of our change makers.

Faculty open doors to medical education. iPads help open them even more.

Our faculty create amazing content, and the iPads allow us to create a cohesive curriculum, which is easier for the students to master.

Dr. Henry Mroch uses the tool Explain Everything to develop his highly popular “Nephlix” series of videos on nephrology. Dr. Mroch describes the iPad as having “transformed delivery of challenging, integrative concepts in a user-friendly platform. Implementing the flipped classroom created a gap with the traditional classroom experience. The iPad became the flexible bridge traversing that divide. Audio and visual learners alike can benefit from chalkboard-like lectures with voiceover capability.

“I am a huge fan of the iPad in medical education. If the iPad were available in the mid-1400s, then it is likely Gutenberg would have approved.” 

Henry Mroch, MD, FACP, FASN
Clinical Associate Professor

Make an impact with kids, too.

“We need to inspire a diverse group of youth into healthcare professions that serve our communities. The iPads help deliver engaging education experiences for our outreach and mentorship programs.” 

— Jessica Gerdes, Outreach and Mentorship

Technology in medicine can’t be ignored.

We’re committed to helping create positive outcomes in the health of Washington State communities with our iPad Initiative.

Honored to be an
Apple Distinguished School

It means that Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is a center of leadership, educational excellence, and one of the most innovative schools in the world. We have a clear vision of how using iPads in conjunction with our all-digital curriculum can inspire students, enrich our faculty and staff, and support healthy communities.

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