Think the iPad will be useful for medical students?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ero87, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    As I am about to begin medical school, I've been looking forward to the iPad announcement - I'm hoping it will replace the need for huge expensive textbooks and give me a great option for studying on the go.

    Do you all think that the iPad, as announced today, will fit that bill? I was hoping for a really dynamic textbook reading experience - built-in animations, quizzes, images, movies. But it seems that the iBooks app just shows text and images. Any optimism that the iPad will be a med student's dream?
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    It will in time, but text book makers are certainly not pumping out the content yet. Steve made a side remark today about textbooks, but made little mention.

    (No McGraw Hill mention either)
     
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    I think it can be if developers target it. The iPhone has all kinds of cool medical stuff like Epocrates, Medscape, and Netter's flash cards ... to name a few. As far as textbooks go, I guess you'll just have to wait and see if they come out with something. My guess is that they will.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    It will be good at whatever developers make it good at.
     
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  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Yah definitely. If I can't monitor a remote EKG, twitter and watch my favorite high definition movie rental all at the same time this thing is a JOKE.
     
  7. Surely Guest

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    I think that it'll be useful in a clinic setting once the devs prepare a good clinic notes program.

    For med students..... not so much now. Maybe in 5 years, but the textbook makers meed some time to catch up to the technology.
     
  8. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    I bet your books on the ipad will be more expensive cause you won't be able to buy them used or sell them when your done.

    But I do think hospitals would love to have these devices with there own custom apps for paient info and stuff. I think medical industry is all about Star trek TnG with all there communicator badges and stuff.
     

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