UC Irvine Brings Google Glass Into Medical School Curriculum

The University of California Irvine has announced its medical school will become the first in the country to use Google Glass in all four years of curriculum, from first-year anatomy courses to fourth-year hospital rotations.

The devices will be used to supplement traditional lectures and classes. For example, patient encounters at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., will be live-streamed to students in lecture, providing students with real-world insight.

"I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students," said Ralph V. Clayman, MD, the school's dean of medicine, in a news release. "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."

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