Trying to access UCI resources off-site? Use the VPN!

If you want to access UCI resources when not on UCI’s campus or up at the hospital, you will need to use the VPN (Virtual Private Network). There are a number of ways to do this:

You will need to use your UCInetID and password for all of the above, and sometimes the best results happen when you use the “UCIFull” setting.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!


Clinical iPad Orientation

Above is a link for the iTunesU course for the Clinical iPad Orientation. Please review this material to help you get a better handle on how to use your iPad clinically.

Please check this material frequently as new apps and clinical pearls will be distributed via this course!

iPad Stylus – make your own or check out the reviews!

As we’re all experimenting with the best way to take notes, markups, and doodle on your iPad, here are two great options for styluses…or is it styli?

Our own Kate Xie has put together a great video on how to make your own stylus easily and on the cheap!
Click here for iTunes link or just watch below:

For those of you who want to try a pre-made one, check out the review by iMedicalApps:

iPad Student Workshop-February 28th, 2011

This workshop included 1) “Achieving a Paperless Workflow” by David Tran  2) Creating Shared Dropbox in the Anatomy Lab by Raja Narayan and Martin Hofmann and 3) A Review of Anatomy Apps by Areo Saffarzadeh.  Watch the complete tutorial.   Search for UC Irvine in iTunesU, Click on iPad Orientation, then iPad Student Workshop #4.


Getting Started with the iPad

Essential First Steps

1)  Choose (wisely) the computer which will “sync” with your iPad.
2)  On this computer, install or upgrade your iTunes software.
3)  Create iTunes Store account.
4)  Sync your iPad for the first time.
a.  Connect iPad to computer with USB cable.
b.  Name iPad as desired and register.
c.  Decide how you want synchronization to work (I recommend syncing apps. )
(Syncing photos can use up too much memory if you have many photos)

5) Enable “Find my iPad” feature
Instructions can be found at

Free app, “Find My iPhone” that will allow you to use one iOS device to find your lost
iOS device-

6)  Create a Passcode.

Go to General Settings.  Determine Auto-Lock and Passcode Lock
Software Basics:

Apple has information and introductory videos at
Additional iPad Tips

iPad Accessories

eTextbook App Summary

Following this post are app-specific walkthroughs for a number of the current iPad eTextbook apps.  The two app walkthroughs missing are for the Modality app (Thieme Body Atlas title review, but non-atlas text-heavy title not reviewed yet) and VitalSource app.

Overall Rankings:

  1. Modality and Inkling
  2. iBooks
  3. Kindle
  4. Nook
  5. CourseSmart
  6. VitalSource


Modality and Inkling have superior handling of visual materials and text compared with the other titles.  Modality excels at Atlases (have not seen its interpretation of text-heavy titles) and Inkling overall is a very well-rounded app.  Though the highlight/annotate function aren’t as smooth as iAnnotate, Noterize, and even iBooks, the “hold on a word –> magnifying glass –> select text” method for markups is easy to perform and similar to text-select method on any iOS device.

iBooks, Kindle, and NOOK apps have pretty similar markup functionality; though their handling of images/diagrams/tables is variable.  The largest downside to these apps is that the files for the texts don’t offer much security, so medical publishers view these formats as less than ideal.

In its current iteration, the highlight/annotate feature of CourseSmart is extremely cumbersome and too inefficient to make markups on a regular basis.  Also, the titles are not stored on the device and require an internet connection.

VitalSource currently gets the lowest ranking because it has NO highlight/annotate functionality on the iPad.  The next version of the app is reported to have this functionality; though the deploy date has already been delayed.

Kindle iPad App Walkthrough


Pros – good highlight/annotate features, content stored locally

Cons – limited medical textbook library, format not preferred by medical publishers due to content security, diagrams/tables aren’t easily resized

iBook App Walkthrough


Pros – good highlight/annotate features, able to enlarge diagrams/tables, content stored on iPad

Cons – limited medical textbook library, format not preferred by medical publishers due to content security

NOOK iPad App Walkthrough


Pros:  Easy highlight and annotate function mimicks PDF-markup software, content stored locally

Cons:  Limited medical textbook titles, unable to enlarge diagrams/tables

CourseSmart App Walkthrough


Pros – good library of medical textbooks, syncable across web/iPad/iPhone formats

Cons – Highlight/Annotate function is cumbersome and not useful, access to content is web-based