The UNE School of Rural Medicine in conjunction with visiting medical students from University of California, Irvine invite: Year 5 BMed JMP Rural Clinical School students to attend this exceptional learning opportunity, held in 2013 in addition to Wilderness & Trauma Weeks, as part of the Special Study Options for the Critical Care Rotation.
This course has 2 components, both of which are required for full certification of the course.
1) Self-directed learning
Students are directed to view the following resources:
2) A 2 Day Laboratory Skills in Ultrasound Thursday, 1st August and Friday, 2nd August 2013. This course will include:
- International renowned experts in Ultrasound
- Six hours of practical hands-on experience
- Clinician run sessions
- Certificate of completion
- Interactive sessions to increase your knowledge base
- Quizzes and assessments to track your progress
Please bring a Mobile Internet Device to these sessions. This includes tablet computers, smartphones and laptops.
For further Information contact Dr Alan Pedersen
Posted in Features ,Students 24 May, 2013
The deployment of the iPads to first year medical students was a great success!
For those who missed the presentations, or would like to review them,please follow the links below to access a copy.
Social Media SRM Presentation
iPads and the School of Rural Medicine
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Posted in Features ,iPad 26 February, 2013
UNE’s School of Rural Medicine is the first medical school in Australia to incorporate iPad technology and the National Broadband Network (NBN) into its course delivery strategy. Starting from 2012, the University is provideing iPads – and the necessary technical support – to first-year medical students as part of a pilot program.
To help with this year’s rollout, incoming students are required to have an Apple ID. An Apple ID is the login you use for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content, downloading apps from the App Store, and buying songs, movies, and TV shows from the iTunes Store.
Medical students will be using their Apple ID to:
- Complete the initial set up the iPad during orientation
- Purchase and download recommended applications (most will be free!)
- Access iTunes U
- Keep track of their device through Find my iPad, in case it goes walkabouts
- Make cloud-based backups
And much, much more.
To create an Apple ID, please visit the creation tool at
Posted in Features ,iPad ,Students 18 January, 2013
A big thank you to everyone who came along to my presentation at the ANZAHPE Conference in Rotorua, about the introduction of iPads at the UNE BMed programme. I had a lot of great feedback from other students and health educators, and went along to some fantastic talks.
Here are some links for those of you that are interested:
If you’re interested in knowing more about the study being undertaken, or just about how iPads can be integrated into a health degree, please feel free to contact Professor Peter McKeown, Head of School at the School of Rural Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Lyndal Beckett, 4th Year BMed
Posted in iPad ,Uncategorized 6 July, 2012
Price – $10.49
As a PC user I was told that Pages was the app for me, the app that would allow me to make documents on the iPad, and then transfer them seamlessly onto the computer. I use this app everyday, from taking notes in lecture notes, writing summaries with diagrams/pictures, downloading and typing on the Public Health tutorial sheets, to invitations and typing this review. This would have to be my most used app (even over Facebook) because it is quick, easy and everything that I am used to on the computer, more even!!
It’s the word document for iPad. You can type, make lists, insert photos, diagrams, tables, change font size and style. Its great for official reports allowing you to easily divide your document into columns, and also has a great range of templates from resumes, to flyers and recipes.
The saving and exporting options are easy as well. As with most apps it saves your work automatically and allows you to bundle your documents into folders. As for exporting, my method of choice is to connect use iTunes, and export as a word document, and even multiple documents at once! There are more tech savy way to export, for example, directly printing or emailing directly from the app, but being technologically challenged, this app makes everything easy. It’s all right in front of you, easy to navigate, and easy to use.
- Easily insert pictures or diagrams, crop, rotate, and align using their spacing guidelines to make the document that little bit more professional.
- You can make temporary or permanent changes to the document – margins, headings, or even inserting your logo
- Easy to export to a computer and automatically saves, as well as autocorrecting spelling errors.
- Easy to name the document and to also make folders. Is also extremely easy to duplicate documents which can be useful in history taking, and to delete documents.
- Not a huge range of font styles and so the document can appear bland. You cannot highlight your text, and also cannot draw on your document which would be a huge bonus.
- Because the screen is so small it becomes difficult to resize and rotate your photos and as yet I have not discovered a zoom function that is beneficial to allow me to do this. However, you are able to zoom in to 200%
I have found Pages to be the most effective app for use in lectures, making summarize, inserting pictures from lecture slides and general everyday use. It is extremely useful and I would recommend it to everyone.
Posted in iPad ,Reviews 5 July, 2012
It has been brought to the School of Rural Medicine’s attention that a previous post regarding iMIMS & BMJ Best Practice access via CIAP contained information that could lead a student to commit a breach of the licensing agreement between the database providers and NSW Health. The School of Rural Medicine has improved the governance of the blog site to ensure that these types of errors should not occur in the future.
Students must remove any software and data downloaded and/or installed on a device using a CIAP account if they are using the device outside of a NSW Health facility.
Students should be accessing these resources from either the University of Newcastle Library (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/library/database-and-eresources/databases.html) or the University of New England Library http://www.une.edu.au/library/find/list.php) database pages.
These resources are available to students from these sources.
Posted in iPad ,Reviews 17 May, 2012
Capacitative Gloves – US$4.29 to 5.89
We’ve been fortunate enough to have a particularly warm Autumn so far, so hopefully a mild Winter is coming, but regardless you know it’s going to still get below freezing in Armidale and that means keeping your digits warm lest your Raynaud’s flares up. But what to do with your lovely capacitative iPad and iPhone screens that require the human touch?
Well you could easily just keep a stylus around, but fumbling around getting one out just to check your texts is irritating. So here enters the wonders of gloves interwoven with magic capacitative thread in the fingertips. When you put these on and pick up your device, it’s just like using your bare finger tips.
Now of course there are tutorials around to convert existing gloves, but it means buying expensive thread and having a vague idea what you’re doing with a needle and thread. These come pre-made and ready to go.
Pros: Work brilliantly and keep your fingers warm, incredibly cheap, comes in a range of colours.
Cons: Only the thumb, index and middle fingers are covered – this means 4 finger gestures on the iPad are out. Also the grey tips do stand out compared to a regular pair of gloves, and they are one size fits all (I wear a size 7 glove, but they are stretchy and could accommodate up to a size 8 I would guess).
Bottomline: Look, Armidale gets cold and you’re going to need some gloves anyway, why not get ones that are going to keep you warm and let you use your electronics?
Review by Lyndal Beckett, 4th Year, on an iPad 2 & iPhone 4.
Posted in iPad ,iPhone ,Reviews 8 April, 2012
iAnnotate - $10.49
When I first saw this app I was cautious about laying down $13 (as it was before all the Australian prices were adjusted) for this app, but it had such encouraging reviews from other users I decided to just go for it. iAnnotate has paid for itself a hundred times over, and is easily my most used app for study – I keep it in the dock for quick access.
You can add files to annotate either via iTunes or from emails/Safari, and once they’re in you can highlight, underline, type notes, add stamps, draw and handwrite to you heart’s content. The drawing functionality has been greatly improved on the last update, making for much smoother lines. When you annotate your document, you can then add notes to annotations which are then listed and searchable. In fact you can quickly and easily search through all your documents for key words within, or for tags you’ve added (this has come in handy on more than a few occasions when a consultant has asked me a tricky question, but I can search for the topic and pull up part of one of the many textbooks I have sitting in my library). You can then export your annotated documents and send them off to you associates.
One resource that my library is full of are the How to Treat guidelines from Australian Doctor – you can sign up for access as a student, and these give you simple & straightforward guidelines about commonly encountered health problems. Aimed at GPs, these are a great resource for students because for each topic the articles goes through a definition, basic pathophysiology, management, some case studies, and a quiz.
Pros: Instructs you along the way with how to use features, and comes with a comprehensive guide within the app (plus extras with major updates). Once you get into the swing of it, it’s easy to use and creates great notes for study. If you annotate within Preview on a Mac then import to iAnnotate, your annotations will appear.
Cons: Very steep learning curve.
Bottom line: If you still like studying with a highlighter on paper, but want the flexibility of electronic notes, then iAnnotate is perfect for you. However if all you want is a simple PDF reader, any of the free readers will suffice. Use iAnnotate with a stylus for easier annotation.
Review by Lyndal Beckett, 4th Year, on an iPad 2.
Posted in iPad ,Reviews 6 April, 2012
Notes Plus – $8.49
I’ve been using this app for about a year when it was first released, and since that time the app has developed nicely with some great bells and whistles. The app can be used for typing notes, but its full capabilities really shine when you use the handwriting mode to draw and write to your heart’s content – with a stylus in hand (try making one using Kate Xie’s tutorial) you can really treat your iPad as an upgraded notepad, with lovely flowing ink of various colours. Write something in the wrong place or want to change the colour? Super easy to change, just circle it to select and change it how you like. Your notes can then be converted to PDFs or images to share, and you can automatically sync with your Dropbox account to back up your data.
There is also the option to purchase an add-on to convert your handwriting to text (in app, $1.99) – I was pleasantly surprised that it could figure out my messy cursive and convert it correctly 99% of the time.
Pros: Write to your heart’s content, easily move and change the style of your text, add passwords to notebooks, slide away browser means you can select text & images to put into your notes without needing to leave the app, you can also import PDFs to annotate.
Cons: Significant lag time when switching between notebooks, limited selection of colours/papers/notebook covers, little bit of a learning curve to get the hang of it but the included guide shows you everything you need to know.
Bottom line: In the world of note-taking apps, you get what you pay for – if you just want a replacement for a pad of paper for scribbles, you’ll probably get by just fine with one of the other free apps around, but if you want some more functionality to make great study notes but still want that illusion of pen to paper, I would recommend this over any of the other apps I’ve played with (and I’ve played with a lot!).
Review by Lyndal Beckett, 4th Year, on an iPad 2.
Posted in iPad ,Reviews ,Students 3 April, 2012
Prof Warren Wiechmann from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) delivered a fantastic talk to the UCSF-Fresno Emergency Medicine Program in May 2011 about professionalism in a digital age:
The lecture is designed to prompt physicians to rethink about themselves as a “brand” and how to maintain that brand. Now, in the era of Web 2.0 and the state of always being connected, the concepts of professionalism have to shift to a broader scale to encompass aspects of your “web life” and “web presence”
I would definitely recommend this for all med students and junior doctors. The talk can be downloaded here (45min), or you can subscribe to the iMedEd + iPad podcast here.
Additionally, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has put out a great guide on social media for students and junior doctors that is worth flicking through.
Posted in Features ,Uncategorized 3 April, 2012