iPhone Helps Medical Students to Gain Field Work Experience

University of Leeds, United Kingdom, is giving iPhones for about five hundred students in medical stream, who are in their final two years of course, so that iPhone assists them in field work, when they are away from the university campus. A 16 GB iPhone is lent to the medical students during their period of the off- campus incumbency, so that the students can access to the advancements of medical resources up-to-date, training tools and other reference materials, during their work tenure in local clinics and hospitals.

By integrating the specialist applications into every phone, the University of Leeds is taking vantage of distant learning technology. This helps the medical students to access the educational resources without taking the pain to haul all paper based reference books. This helps them to spend most of their time on patients, in GP services, NHS hospital etc, rather than on books.

David Cottrell, the professor of Leeds, said that by making their students equipped with iPhones, they are able to put a whole suite of educational resources and training tools in the students’ hands. The specialist applications in the smart phone contains key medical info, thumb rules on prescribing medications, e-books along with citation notes etc. the preloaded tools on the smartphone includes the note-taking apps for the medicos, so that they can record queer cases in the wards. Both paid- for and free medical apps list is provides to the students so that they can add additional benefits’ to their mobiles.

Cleaning of iPhone 3GS is not difficult as it has a glass screen, smooth back cover and hence is wipe- free, while the other phones have trackballs, raised buttons etc, thus making its cleaning unmanageable. The unified and compact design of the smart phone makes it easier to clean by a sterilization wipe so that it minimizes the spread of the hospital micro organisms especially from the superbugs like MRSA, c-diff, Indian NDM- 1, a highly resistant one.

Though having almost the same design and software, a still bigger screen, iPad doesn’t have these facilities. Many people believe that iPhone is more than a mobile or it is a tablet similitude.

University will not be paying the cell phone bills of text messaging and phone, to cut down the university paying off on the bills, though unlimited data access and mobile broadband will be provided for free. If the student looses the phone, the confidential info of the patient in the phone, can be deleted or wiped from the device remotely, without holding it in the phone. At the end of the graduation the students must return the iPhones to the university, unlike some other universities, which give away the iPad’s to the students after their degree.

Many students using this service in iPhone tell that it is quite helpful to them as they can get info regarding some particular case, within minutes. Hope this service gets popular soon and many schools start adopting this!

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