Since 2014, UC Irvine has been taking steps to integrate Google Glass into across its medical school curriculum. “I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students,” said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, [Dean of the School of Medicine at the time]. “Our use of Google Glass is in keeping with our pioneering efforts to enhance student education with digital technologies – such as our iPad-based iMedEd Initiative, point-of-care ultrasound training and medical simulation. Enabling our students to become adept at a variety of digital technologies fits perfectly into the ongoing evolution of healthcare into a more personalized, participatory, home-based and digitally driven endeavor.” (UCI News, May 2014).


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The iMedEd Initiative has found practical application for Google Glass in the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) at the clerkship level. In the Family Medicine OSCE, standardized patients wear Glass to provide students a first-person, patient perspective of their communication and empathy skills. In the OB/GYN OSCE, students were Glass to capture their suturing skills and receive immediate feedback while reviewing the recorded video.

Other use cases piloted by UC Irvine include:

  • Remote teaching of physical exam and ultrasound skills
  • Assessment of residents’ procedural skills
  • First-person recording of anatomy dissection
  • First-person recording of surgical procedures.