UC Irvine Brings Google Glass Into Medical School Curriculum

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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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