Interprofessional Student Collaboration at the Med AppJam 2013

Following the success of the inaugural Med AppJam last year, the second annual Med AppJam kicked off on November 8, 2013 with 23 teams comprised of over 130 students from the School of Medicine (SOM) and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) partnered in interprofessional development teams. The teams collaborated for two weeks to produce mobile iOS apps focused on the competition’s patient education/experience theme. The success of the Med AppJam comes from the unique opportunity for medical students and computer science students to mutually contribute their content expertise to improve the healthcare landscape while expanding their technology literacy and savvy.

The Med AppJam concluded on November 22, 2013 with an Awards Ceremony where the teams presented their apps to a team of judges from industry and academia: Jordan Jones from sponsor Visible Health, Mat Estrada from sponsor Local Splash, Dr. Warren Wiechmann, Dr. Jill Endres and Dr. Julie Youm representing SOM and Nithin Jilla, ICS alumnus. ICS Student Council organizers Audrey Auyang and David Curtis opened the Awards Ceremony with supporting statements from ICS Dean Hal Stern and SOM Senior Associate Dean Oswald Steward after which the winning teams were announced:


Berry Team (Photo Credit: UC Irvine)

1st Place ($1000 prize): Berry
A diabetes logging app with a simplistic interface to motivate users to engage with their disease
ICS: Karan Sekri, Sheng Xia, Derek Omuro, Tai Cao, Adrien Deguzman
SOM: Mohammad Hajighasemi, MS3; Kevin Gustafson, MS1


iApp-nea (Photo Credit: UC Irvine)

2nd Place ($500 prize): Iapp-nea
A sleep screening app to allow patients to assess risk for sleep apnea in the comforts of their home
ICS: Dinh Ho, David Chung, Zhonghe Tian, Eelin Lin, Tanisha Bhatti
SOM: Megan Oakes, MS3; Katharina Laus, MS3


MyFive(+) (Photo Credit: UC Irvine)

3rd Place ($250 prize): My Five(+)
An app that allows storage of vital health information, e.g., age, allergies, medications, contacts, to help paramedics and first responders provide personalized care in an emergency
ICS: Derek Hsieh, Erick Kusnadi, Evan Burke, Govind Rai, Michelle Lim, Frank Lin, Kayla Elias
SOM: Risha Berra, MS1

Check out these great articles for more information on the Med AppJam:

A presentation on the 2012 Inaugural Med AppJam:

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First iMedEd Tech Talk, “Using Digital Flashcards” on Wednesday, September 25th, at 12:15pm

Our first iMedEd Tech Talk, “Using Digital Flashcards” is Wednesday, September 25th. In order to get the conversation going, we would like to invite two or three students to demonstrate how they use Anki, StudyBlue or any other flashcard app. Our “thank you” is an educational app of your choice ($15.00 or less). Please email me if you would like to present!

While digital flashcards is the subject, the conversation usually opens up to other tech issues. Please plan on attending and spending some time with your classmates. Bring your lunch and sign up on EEE so we know how to plan dessert. We will meet in Tamkin F-110, 12:15pm.

Link to Signup sheet-

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The iPhone 5S introduces two key features relevant for doctors



ltifat Husain MD(@iltifatMD) contributed to this piece

Yesterday, Apple unveiled the enhanced iPhone 5S, the colorful iPhone 5C, and the soon-to-be ubiquitous iOS7.  While the smartphone playing field has leveled dramatically, Apple remains second-to-none at introducing relatively new features to the mainstream.

Whether it’s the smartphone touch screens, the high-resolution Retina Display, voice-controlled personal assistants, and the initially mocked tablet, Apple has the ability of taking technology already present, and then making it the industry standard.

Amidst the many features that were touted on stage including upgraded cameras, faster processors, enhanced location-based transactions, two features stood out as being potentially game-changing to healthcare: Touch ID fingerprinting, and the M7 activity sensor.

Read the full article at:

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Comparison Review of Two Ob/Gyn Handbooks

Comprehensive Handbook of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Kindle Edition – 2nd Edition) by Zheng vs. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Infertility: Handbook for Clinicians iPad app

by Jon Steller, MD

For years these two handbooks, in addition to the John’s Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics, have been competing for white coat real estate among OBGYN residents. All three of these resources provide adequate (and invaluable) information regarding the diagnosis and management of common obstetric and gynecologic disease-states. Interns may argue why they prefer one handbook over the other when analyzing their comprehensiveness or questioning why one another’s white coats are lopsided, but the most important feature of any handbook is its accessibility. Now that we have entered the digital age, Amazon has intelligently created a smooth interface for students and residents to read and annotate their favorite books using their Kindle app on every mobile device. Other companies create apps for those very devices hoping they might be more convenient to the sleep-deprived user.

And some of those apps developed for medical students and residents have been amazing! Look to Medscape and Epocrates to see the standard for efficiency and accessibility. Dr. Gordon and Scrub Hill Press attempted to make such an app, but unfortunately failed miserably. The concept of turning their handbook into an app is great, and the search function is truly quick and easy to use. However, once you find what you are looking for in your search, all efficiency is lost in trying to access the information. Instead of using appropriate index words to serve as quicklinks to a block of text regarding a topic such as “Ovarian Cancer”, the user must toggle back and forth between the index and pages that might only have one sentence of text in it with the rest of the space completely blank. This doesn’t get any more egregious than when trying to look at the differences in the various stages of ovarian cancer. To make matters worse, the app is more expensive than ordering the handbook to carry around with you.

In contrast, the Kindle edition of Zheng’s Handbook is even more amazing than the paper copy. Apple processors can execute extremely fast searches through the text for targeted searches, and the ability to use the contents of the book as quicklinks for any section one may want to read works very well. For example, one can select ovarian cancer from the contents and be instantly taken to that section featuring an overview, screening, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, pre-op workup, staging, treatment and surveillance over a few pages. The user can change the font, size, color of the background, brightness in the top corner of the Kindle app, and efficiently switch from the section their are reading back to the contents with the click of a button. And the Kindle version is even cheaper than the imitation leather version. All of these positives may be attributed to the John’s Hopkins Manual as well. The Kindle version of their manual is half the price of their paper version, however the fact that the book features twice the information than Zheng’s may or may not be desirable to the user. The ability to highlight the text, search it efficiently, and zoom in on images makes reading textbooks and handbooks on the Kindle amazing. It won’t be long before all of our textbooks and handbooks have quicklinks to interactive content such as quizzes, audio features, and videos. Keep an eye on the App Store though, because I am sure there will be better and better apps to help all of us students and residents continue to learn in a more efficient manner.

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Part Two: Step-By-Step Instructions for Orientation

(Refer to Part One: Step-By-Step Instructions for Orientations for detailed instructions on completing the homework due Friday, August 2, 2013.)

II. Homework to complete before Monday, August 5, 2013:

  • Follow the startup guide to get your iPad set up and sync to your computer
  • Install any Software Updates to your iPad
  • Download iBooks, iTunesU, QRafter, Find My iPad from the AppStore
  • Subscribe to the iTunesU Course for Orientation
  • Register your iPad to the UCI Wireless Network
  • Install the Security Profile to your device
  • Set up email and signature on your device

Detailed Instructions

Follow the startup guide to get your iPad set up and sync to your computer

  • When you turn your iPad on for the first time, there is a Setup Assistant that will walk you through the steps of setting up your iPad.
  • For further details on these steps (and links to other Support tutorials for the iPad), refer to the Apple’s iPad Essentials Support page
  • After you have setup your iPad, you can also download the free iPad User Guide iBook that is available from the iBookstore. The store can be accessed AFTER downloading the free iBooks app (see below).

Install any Software Updates to your iPad

Download iBooks, iTunesU, QRafter, Find My iPad from the AppStore

  • To download apps from the AppStore, click on the AppStore icon to launch the AppStore.
  • In the “Search Store” text field in the top-right corner of the screen, type in the name of the app you would like to download.
  • When you find the app you would like to download, tap on the app icon to see more information about the app,
  • To purchase the app for download, clicking on the price will turn it into an “Install App” button. Click on this button to download and install.
  • If you would like to download apps that you have previously purchased from the AppStore onto your iPad, follow these steps:

Subscribe to the iTunesU Course for Orientation

  • Once you have the iTunesU app downloaded to your iPad, launch it by clicking on the iTunesU icon.
  • From the Catalog (you can toggle between your personal Library and the Catalog by clicking the button at the top-left of the screen), search for the course “iMedEd for MS1s 2013″ in the “Search Store” field in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • When you click on the course icon, a window will pop-up with information on the course.
  • Click on the “Subscribe” button in this window to subscribe to the course.
  • After you have subscribed to the course you will see it in your iTunesU Library. You will continue to receive updates and notifications of new posts to the course.
  • You may also go directly to the course from your iPad using Safari and the following link:
  • From the iTunesU app, in the Catalog Section, you can scroll down to the bottom, press on “Enroll” and enter the following code: “K2Z-35T-8B2″

Register your iPad to the UCI Wireless Network

Install the Security Profile to your device

 Set up email and signature on your device

  • Instructions for setting up your HS email account was provided in Part One of the homework instructions.
  • For uniformity and professionalism, student email communication to Office of Medical Education should have an electronic signature as follows:Name of student- include Masters and PhD degrees if completed
    Year in school (MS1-4)
    UC Irvine School of Medicine
    UC Irvine email address
    Best contact number or cell
    Pager number for MS3 and MS4s

    Note: Please refrain from using “candidate” as it does not traditionally pertain to medical school.

    John Smith, MPH
    MS4, UC Irvine School of Medicine
    MBA1, Paul Merage School of Business
    Phone:   (714) 123-4567
    Pager:     (714) 123-4567

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Quick Notes from Today’s Session

A few additional thoughts for all of you:

1.  For those of you that prefer a PDF version of the instructions, here are those links:

2.  Email us if you’re having ANY problems – – or stop by our office in Room 1105 in the Medical Education Building

3.  If you get your email working, you will see an email with your code for the iPad tips and tricks app.  It works on iPhone as well.

Don’t stress, have fun, and reach out to us, even just to say hi!

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Part One: Step-By-Step Instructions for Orientation

Welcome to the first day of orientation! We wanted to give you a heads up
about a couple of big events are coming up for you that relate to our Instructional Technologies Group. This Friday, you will be receiving your new iPad at the White Coat ceremony. On Monday and Tuesday, you will have your iMedEd and iPad orientation with our team.

We have a lot of great things to cover with you on Monday and Tuesday and we really need your cooperation to make the most of these two days. Below is the first set of items that we need you to work on this week…don’t worry, they don’t take very long. Once you receive your iPad on Friday, you should complete the second group of items.

My team and I are available via email all week if you have any questions, concerns, or issues. You can reach us at and one of us will respond to your email in a timely manner. Our offices are located in the Medical Education Building, Rooms 1104 and 1105 – feel free to drop by with questions.

I. Homework to complete before Friday, August 1, 2013:

  • Activate your School of Medicine Health Sciences, aka “HS” email account
  • Create an AppleID
  • Register for a free Dropbox account
  • Register your phone and laptop on the UCI Wireless Network
  • Use your $50 Gift Card to buy a case, stylus, or other item from the UCI ComputerStore
  • If you are using Windows, download iTunes to your computer

Refer to the Part Two: Step-By-Step Instructions for Orientation for instructions on the Homework to complete before Monday, August 5, 2013.


Detailed Instructions:

Activate your School of Medicine Health Sciences, aka “HS” email account

  • To make things easier, let’s define some terminology:
  • UCInetID – this will be your main ID throughout medical school, sometimes referred to as your account, username, loginID, or just the UCInetID. It consists of up to 8 characters, in some combination of your first and last name, and is the part of your email that precedes
  • For example: Mary Smith’s UCInetID and email address are msmith and, respectively.
  • HS – stands for Health Sciences. They are the hospital IT group that manages our email and our clinical systems. Their system is different from the main campus email in that it meets HIPAA and patient confidentiality standards. In technical terms when setting up accounts and email software, when a “domain” is asked for, you will enter “HS.”
  • OIT – stands for Office of Information Technology, sometimes referred to as main campus or undergrad. They run a separate email system that undergraduates and graduate students use called Webmail or UCIGmail. Both of these are not HIPAA compliant, so therefore we do not use their services.
  • Here’s a quick video explaining it better

So here we go! Let’s get your accounts activated….

  • Go to
  • This is the account manager for the HS system
  • Enter your UCInetID and click “Log In”
  • Enter your temporary password as formatted below:
  • YYYY (Birth Date Year) + Uppercase First Letter of First Name + lowercase first letter of last name + MM (Birth Date Month)
  • For example, Mary Smith born in March 1986 = 1986Ms03
  • Click on Change Passwords and follow the instructions
  • This will be your new password for all UCI sites
  • If you had a previous UCI account, please see the appendix at the end prior to proceeding
  • Go to
  • This is the webpage access for your email
  • Enter your UCInetID and your newly created password and you should be all set!

Create an AppleID

  • Go to:
  • If you currently have an AppleID, we recommend that you keep using that AppleID so all of your purchases are available across your devices
  • We recommend linking your AppleID to a credit card for easy purchases, but you can also set up your account without a credit card

Register for a free Dropbox account

  • You will be using Dropbox to help back up your documents between your iPad and your other devices
  • Visit to to get set up

Register your phone and laptop on the UCI Wireless Network

Use your $50 Gift Card to buy a protective case or keyboard case from the UCI ComputerStore

  • If you already have a case, consider using your gift card towards purchasing Apple Care, iTunes App Store gift cards, a stylus, other peripherals for your devices
  • They are open from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday and 12pm-5pm on Saturday
  • Their website is viewable at 
  • They are located in the Student Center (D5, Building 115 on map)

If you are using Windows, download iTunes to your computer

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UCIrvine Med students win “Khan Academy Competition”

Raja Narayan, 4th year MD student, and Ronald Sahyouni (incoming medical student) were two out of fifteen people who announced as the winners of the MCAT Video Competition, cooperation between Khan Academy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Association of American Medical Colleges were from University of Califonia, Irvine.  Congratulations!

To read more, click here Khan Academy Competition

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UC Irvine’s Inaugural Autism AppJam

In April 2013, UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California honored Autism Awareness month by holding the very first Autism AppJam, a competition to create mobile apps to benefit those with autism. The two-week event kicked off on April 5, 2013 and ended on April 19, 2013 with a formal judging and public viewing event. Among the judges were representatives of competition sponsors including Blizzard Entertainment, Google, Yahoo and IBM.

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Chanel Fischetti, MS3, and Jacob Blickenstaff, MS3, TheraConnect app

On April 19th, 21 teams presented mobile apps to the team of judges that addressed a variety of social, emotional and cognitive needs of individuals with autism. UC Irvine School of Medicine students Chanel Fischetti, MS3, and Jacob Blickenstaff, MS3, along with their teammate Chris Dinh, Computer Science, spent their two-weeks developing the TheraConnect app. The goal of TheraConnect is to provide access to recreational resources for teenagers and adults on the spectrum of autism through a safe, social network designed specifically for them. Such a network would allow members to connect with others who share their same interests and needs and find the local resources and activities through which they would be able to physically interact with and gain support from their peers. TheraConnect also helps to address a gap that exists in providing resources for older, higher-functioning persons on the spectrum of autism that are often overlooked as programs are more often designed and targeted to the needs of young children.

The winners of the 2013 Autism AppJam were as follows:

1st Place: Team Imaginateurs for their app, Visual Reader – an app that allowed users to touch on a word in a presented reading passage and see a visual representation of the word to support the connection from text to the physical world. The framework behind this simple concept could be applied for readers at any age level and difficulty.

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Team Imaginateurs, Visual Reader app

2nd Place: Team Solace for their app, ImLost

3rd Place: Team College Hero Guild for their app, College Hero

Hopefully, this successful and inspiring event will be the first of many to support autism in the years to come.

For more information on the Autism AppJam:


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Student Job Opportunity at Visible Health (the makers of drawMD)

Students, we wanted to pass along an opportunity for you to get involved with Visible Health and drawMD.  They are looking for part-time help with clinical content management, to work with their clinical user base to drive content prioritization and creation.  Visible Health is moving in a direction where communities of users can drive the direction of the content and are looking for clinically-minded help to make that happen.

Here’s a link to the job description:


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