Put that new PDA to use in medical school

April 16, 2006


I’m sure it’s no surprise to most of you, but a growing number of medical schools are requiring more and more of their students to use PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant to the not so technologically inclined). Roughly 28% of medical schools require students to own and use a PDA, and many already use them voluntarily (they’re just that useful!).

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Future UBC medical students – get ready for gaming and virtual patients!

April 9, 2006

VirtualPatientsIf you are thinking of attending the UBC Medical School, you now have something to look forward to: gaming and virtual patients! The UBC Faculty of Medicine is currently testing an innovative application called COMPS – Collaborative Online Multimedia Problem-based Simulation. This application will “bring together the strongest feature of gaming: engagement and immersiveness with the strongest features of face-to-face learning: social interaction”.

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Ready or not, electronic patient records are coming to BC

April 3, 2006

http://www.microwize.comThe Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) has announced that some of its agencies (BC Cancer Agency, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre) are moving to a system called Eclipsys’ Sunrise™ Clinical Manager with Critical Care and Sunrise ED Manager.

Next time you walk into one of these facilities, expect functions such as the registration, test results and prescriptions to be automated and all the information collected from you to be stored in a centralized place, called a Health Data Repository.

The data repository will be accessible to clinicians "anytime, anywhere within a secure environment on any device – to make the best decisions for their patients".

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iPod technology saves hospitals thousands of $$$ in expensive equipment

April 2, 2006

If you think radiologists are still dealing with black & white 2D images – think again! Radiologists now also use expensive equipment to display multi-dimensional imaging, 4D and 5D images, which is moving imagery in 3D.

MedicalImagingA radiologist and a professor of nuclear medicine have discovered that iPods are a practical storage device for medical images. Since other medical professionals, not only radiologists, need access to this data, the iPod technology can replace the more expensive equipment, saving hospitals thousands of dollars.

Another example that shows how important it is for physicians to be aware of the latest technology available!

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Racing video game tackles ‘lazy eye’

April 2, 2006

Video games have once more proved to be excellent tools for converting computing power into increasingly effective medical treatments.

LazyEyeLazy eye, or amblyopia is a disorder of the eye caracterized by one eye working better than the other that affects 1 to 5% of the population.

The traditional way of fixing the problem is for patients to force the bad eye to work harder by wearing a patch over the good eye.


Early studies of this virtual reality treatment show that the traditional 400-hour patching treatment can be reduced to 1 hour of playing a racing game!

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Have you cleaned your blood today?

April 2, 2006

Dash those chances of contracting a deadly virus such as smallpox, Ebola, Marburg and others with this new device. It is the size of a typical pen (or pencil, whichever your preference) and acts as an external kidney. This “hemopurifier” filters your blood for the aboved mentioned diseases as well as others and removes those toxins from your bloodstream. Play safe kids and be sure to clean your blood daily.

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UBC Podcasts

April 2, 2006

So it looks like UBC actually has some podcasts posted on their site (how trendy is that!). It’s a fairly small collection right now, nine to be exact, and hopefully growing. Looking forward to some day having my biochemistry lectures on podcast. 😀 (hint, hint UBC!) That way I can pause to take a nap.

UBC Podcasts

For the uber-geek in you, you can also subscribe to UBC’s iTunes feed.

Read about Podcasting in Education.