Members of the entering class at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are undertaking the study of medicine this year with i-Pads firmly in hand. This is the first class at the University of Hawai`i’s medical school to be able to access the school’s full curriculum via the Apple i-Pad.
That’s exciting for members of the class, including Chadwick Council, a first-year medical student who recently worked as a network engineer for a Hawai`i financial institution.
“I am kind of a ‘tech nerd’ and anything and everything technical I like. And it’s like Dr. Smerz said, there’s so much information out there. Say like if I’m reading a doctor’s forum or whatever, we can collect all our information on our i-Pads,” said Council. “Then if I go to a coffee shop or something I don’t have to lug all (that) with me. I was super-excited about that.”
HOT APPS FOR THE CLASS
Ever wondered which “apps” the MD students will download onto their i-Pads? We caught a few of them listed on a classroom whiteboard (so old school!), and they include: mental case, instant EKG, Anatomy Quiz, Flipboard, Notability, and Slideshark.
The entering class, made up of 40 women and 26 men, will study this year alongside the 200 other students (second-, third- and fourth-year students) pursuing their MD degrees at JABSOM. There is a strong neighbor island presence in the class, with eleven students from Hawai`i Island, Maui and Kaua`i, regions where a physician shortage make it challenging to receive timely primary health care.
In addition to training medical students, JABSOM also oversees the post-MD medical training of another 250 physicians being supervised during their intern and residency years at Hawai`i’s major medical centers. Many of them are also using i-Pads at their patients’ bedsides these days.
JABSOM is the overwhelming source of doctors treating patients in the state. About half of the practicing physicians in Hawai`i are graduates of JABSOM, its residency program and/or are on the faculty.
Photographs are of first-year JABSOM medical students, Class of 2016, in their first class lecture. (A. Kameda photos).