iMedEd Release Notes Version 8.11.17

Note-taking on the iPads

This week marked the start of classes for the 8th class of medical school students to receive funding for iPads through the iMedEd Initiative. A majority of students chose to purchase an iPad Pro and take advantage of the Apple Pencil, a stylus that offers greater precision and distinctive features through Pencil-compatible apps.

iPads will be used by the students for note-taking, to take all internal exams and to gain mobile access to educational resources. Note-taking is one of the primary activities for which students will use their iPads during the pre-clinical years. Towards this end, all students were provided their choice of the following apps to support their note-taking preferences:

  • MindNode: a concept-mapping tool that enables visual representation of knowledge and ideas
  • iAnnotate: a feature-rich PDF annotation tool
  • Notability: a note-taking and annotation tool

We are interested to learn how students will take advantage of their iPads and these apps in light of new and improved technology during the coming year.

View the 2017 White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony for the incoming Class of 2021 medical students was held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 from 7-10 p.m. This event was live-streamed by the iMedEd team and a recording of the live-stream can now be viewed by visiting: Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony.

If you have any questions about live-streaming services, contact Francisco Chanes at

iMedEd Release Notes Version 7.28.17

Pearls on Educational Principles

Evidence-based educational principles are important to be considered when developing new curriculum and evaluating the effectiveness of didactic activities. To help inform medical educators about such principles, the UCSF Center for Faculty Educators has developed the “Pearls on Educational Principles” program.

This program consists of brief one-page brochures covering learning theories and educational research relevant to medical education including topics like cognitive apprenticeship, workplace learning and flipped classroom. These brochures are designed for print and can be used by faculty for a quick introduction/refresher on an educational theory or as a supplemental resource shared during faculty development sessions.

To download these brochures and read more about this program,visit: “Pearls on Educational Principles”.

Watch the White Coat Ceremony Livestream

The White Coat Ceremony for the incoming Class of 2021 medical students will be held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 from 7-10 p.m. The UC Irvine School of Medicine welcomes you to join us online through a livestream of the event.

To view the livestream, visit: Livestream of Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony.

(A recording of the event will be available at the same link following the event.)

iMedEd Release Notes Version 7.14.17

Join the Medical School Conversation at the AMA

“Innovations in Medical Education” is a newly launched bi-monthly webinar series by the American Medical Association (AMA), along with its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. This webinar series will highlight exciting new innovations emerging from medical schools across the country.

The first two webinars in this series covered the following topics:

  • Transforming Education: Leading Innovations in Health Professions Education
  • Implementing a Teaching Virtual EHR as a Clinical Learning Platform

The next webinar, “Using Big Data to Learn About Population Health” is scheduled for Aug. 21, 2017, 1 p.m.

To register for the next webinar and view past webinars, click here to join the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Community. Past webinars can be found by clicking on the “Resources” menu option on this page.

Click here for more information on the “Innovations in Medical Education” webinar series. (On this page, you will also find the “Creating the Medical School of the Future” progress report from the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The progress report describes the work of the AMA consortium medical schools in their efforts to change and innovate medical education.)

Please go to to learn more about the overall AMA initiative.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 6.30.17

UCI Authors in PubMed

The Grunigen Medical Library makes it easy to search for UCI authors who have published articles that are indexed in PubMed. Authors can be searched by name, keyword, or PMID.

You can find the “UCI Authors in PubMed” feature here at the bottom right column of the Grunigen Medical Library home page, or by visiting the “UCI Authors in PubMed” page. On this page, you can also subscribe to the “UCI Authors RSS Feed” for regular updates on new UCI publications.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 6.16.17

Instructional Technology Tools Directory

UC Irvine’s Instructional Cloud Computing Committee (IC3) is a group on campus that promotes instructional innovation using cloud-based technologies while protecting the privacy of our students. They have created a process to review and recommend tools and services from third party vendors and select those with whom they recommend establishing a formalized agreement through a contract. The guiding principles for their review process can be found here on their website.

Visit UCI IC3 Tools and Services to explore the directory of their reviewed third party tools and cloud computing services.

Each review includes IC3’s rating for the tool or service, use cases and help/support information to serve as a valuable resource for those planning to integrate instructional technologies into their teaching.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 6.2.17

Commencement for the UC Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2017

The commencement for the UC Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2017 will held on Saturday, June 3 in Aldrich Park. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP.

To watch the livestream of the ceremony visit the 2017 Commencement Livestream.

Congratulations to all our graduating students!

Mobile Technologies in Medical Education

Ken Masters et al. have recently published an update to the AMEE Guide to e-Learning in medical education. The new guide, “Mobile technologies in medical education: AMEE Guide No. 105”, addresses the evolving space of e-Learning with a specific focus on conceptual frameworks and practical examples of using mobile technologies in medical education. Through the iMedEd Initiative, UC Irvine School of Medicine continues to be an Apple Distinguished 1:1 iPad program. This guide may help in re-exploring our curriculum to find potential uses for the mobile devices provided to each medical student.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 5.19.17

Welcome the MS3’s to UCIMC

On Monday, May 22, 2017, our rising MS3’s will begin their first clinical rotations. There will be many new faces at UCIMC and affiliate sites. If you work with medical students and would like to put a face to a name or a name to a face, check out the “Medical Student Photographs” Intranet site. On this site, you can view student photographs by class, i.e., their expected graduation class, or select them by individual name. You can also select multiple student names to view and easily print/download photographs into a report. The latter option may be helpful when trying to get to know the medical students rotating on your service.

You can find a link to the Medical Student Photographs site on the UC Irvine School of Medicine Medical Educator website Quick Links page.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 5.12.17

Re-Launch of the Medical Educator Website

The UC Irvine School of Medicine Medical Educator website has re-launched! Medical Educator is a resource for faculty teaching at the School of Medicine that includes information about technology tools, campus services, support contacts and topics of interest in medical education. Please bookmark this page and check back for new faculty development resources and further updates.

iMedEd Release Notes Version 5.2.17

Publishing in Medical Education

Many of you are working and researching methods to improve and innovate teaching of medical students, residents and practicing clinicians. Sharing and publishing this work is valuable for communicating results, advancing medical education and faculty scholarship.

If you are considering publishing your research, some medical education journals to consider include the following:

Academic Medicine

Advances in Health Sciences Education

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

Journal of Medical Systems

Medical Education

Medical Science Educator

Medical Teacher

The Clinical Teacher

Teaching and Learning in Medicine

In addition, to see a list of journals that accept from students and residents in particular, visit: Where to publish: Top journals for physicians in training

iMedEd Release Notes Version 4.18.17

Graphic Design Made Easy!

If you have ever wanted to create an interesting infographic to describe your latest project or develop a new logo for your team presentations, but lack the design skills or access to a graphic designer, then consider turning to an online graphic design tool to address your creative needs.

Several easy-to-use tools that help you produce professional looking designs are available (and often free) to use, for example:

Canva is one of the leading tools. It offers many templates, a drag-and-drop interface, a large offering of fonts and libraries of pictures, icons and background options. Simply create your design online (or on your iPad/iPhone) by starting with an existing layout, download it to your computer and insert it into your presentation or website. The tool is designed for professional and non-professional designers alike so don’t be afraid to give it a try!