Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the iMedEd Initiative, UC Irvine School of Medicine's fully digital first-year medical school curriculum based on the Apple iPad.
Q: What is the iMedEd Initiative?
A: The iMedEd Initiative was developed by the UC Irvine School of Medicine to harness the broad range of digital information and technologies to create a forward-thinking medical school curriculum that will enrich the learning experience and equip our physicians-in-training for 21st century medical practice.
Q: Who is getting the iPad?
A: The iPad is being provided to incoming medical students in the School of Medicine's Class of 2014 as a pilot project to launch the digital curriculum. The program may be expanded at a later date.
Q: How is the iMedEd Initiative being funded? Is it related to a possible student fee increase?
A: The iMedEd Initiative is being supported by new scholarship fundraising that took place at the School of Medicine gala in spring 2010. It is not being paid for with student fees, state funding or existing scholarship money.
Q: Is it related to a possible student fee increase?
A: The initiative was announced about the same time as fee increases imposed last year were scheduled to take effect. If additional fee increases are mandated, please be aware that this a decision by the University of California Board of Regents and would affect all campuses, not just UC Irvine's School of Medicine.
Q: Who can I speak with if I have more questions about the iMedEd Initiative?
A: Please e-mail Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA, faculty director of Instructional Technologies at the School of Medicine with additional questions.