Handheld Computing Requirement

**Updated for M2017**

The School of Medicine requires that students be competent in using a handheld computer at the point of care to answer clinical questions and for clinical decision support. Handheld computing skills and medical applications are taught in several of the courses in the second year curriculum and at the end of second year - clinical skills day. Students are expected to use the devices in their everyday clinical duties on all rotations in their 3rd year. Skills are tested with an Apple iOS device at an end of 3rd year observed clinical skills exam (OSCE). A small number of iOS devices with preloaded medical apps are available for checkout from the Information Services Desk in Dahlgren Memorial Library [DML].

The School of Medicine requires students to own and use a personal handheld device from the start of the second year of medical school. Specific platforms as opposed to particular devices are obligatory. Devices on the specified platforms that can run the required applications are acceptable. Two platforms are allowed under the current requirement for 2015-2016 (class of 2017). The preferred platform will remain Apple iOS 5 or higher (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod Touch). DML Staff continues to provide support for all devices, including iOS and relevant apps. The Android platform and devices will also be permitted, as at the current time, this platform can run (most of) the same required medical applications.

Students can choose to buy a smartphone or non-mobile phone device, such as the iPod touch, iPad or Android-based tablets. Please note that if you do choose to buy a cellular device, the University has existing wireless service agreement discounts available.

Apple iOS devices are still recommended as it is this platform that will be used for testing. If you select the alternate Android platform you should be familiar and comfortable with using the Apple iOS basic interface and navigation.

To aid the funding of this purchase, a $500 budget amount will be added to each student’s financial aid package towards the purchase of a compatible device. Students will also have a software budget item to cover the costs of required applications; students may also use their book budget for costs of “apps.” The “utilities budget” item in the financial aid package may go toward payment of cellular and data costs.