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Medical Students: iPods Are a Thing of the Future

The UK’s University of Derby has recently given 35 radiography students 3rd generation iPod nanos loaded with video lessons in an attempt to provide them with an alternative method of learning.

At £99 a pop, the University of Derby has spared no expense to give these students an unconventional way to learn their lesson plans, the BBC reports. Each device comes pre-loaded with video tutorials about how to properly position patients for x-rays, under the hopes that this will be more useful than traditional text book learning.

Senior lecturer at the university, Ruth Chester, notes, “They (iPods) are not gadgets, they are things of the future that are here to stay. Students want different ways of learning.”


Supplied only to first-year students, the iPods are expected to be returned to the university after a two year period. During this time, the students are free to add whatever media they choose, just so long as the video lessons remain on each device. While the faculty maintains that the iPods are of great use to the budding pupils, radiographer, Sue Errett, states “I don’t feel it would be professional to use it directly in front of a patient.”

Involved in creating the video lessons themselves, Errett, showed concern over older patients not being familiar with the devices, and would assume that the students are preoccupying themselves with something other than the task at hand.

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3 Comments to “Medical Students: iPods Are a Thing of the Future”

AppBeacon @ December 16th, 2008 at 11:16 am
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Why in the world did they not go with the iPod touch. It would be much more useful due to the bigger screen, other medical apps available and keyboard for adding notes. This is sort of nice, but it could have been much better.

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Dave @ December 16th, 2008 at 11:21 am
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I agree. The iPod touch could have been much more beneficial.

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T B @ December 17th, 2008 at 5:06 am
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yes i agree but more expensive for the university, they gave them away for two years

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