About the iMedEd Initiative

UC Irvine’s School of Medicine is reinventing the traditional medical school curriculum for the 21st century, becoming one of the first in the nation to build a completely digital, interactive learning environment since August 2010.

UC Irvine’s iMedEd Initiative aims to transform the classic lecturer-passive listener model with online learning assets and audio and video libraries to support flipped learning and hybrid teaching environments. Apple iPads are provided to each entering student to enable them to access the digitally hosted curriculum including faculty developed iBooks, productivity and clinical apps and essential digital textbooks.

The iMedEd Initiative is also integrating complementary technologies such as Google Glass and portable ultrasound devices to further advance the curriculum. For example, several Google Glass pilots were launched in 2014 to explore the effectiveness of first-person video in teaching procedural, communication and empathy skills. In addition, portable ultrasound devices are providing students with a noninvasive diagnostic tool to examine internal organs and blood flow. Specially designed iPad applications let students consult video tutorials as they perform bedside ultrasounds, enabling them to review normal and abnormal examinations and track procedures for quality assurance.

Through the iMedEd Initiative, we are preparing future physicians to practice 21st-century medicine in an increasingly digital, highly mobile healthcare environment.

For more information on the iMedEd Initiative:

Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA, Associate Dean, Educational Technology at wiechmaw@uci.edu.

Julie Youm, PhD, Director,Educational Technology at jyoum@uci.edu.