When it comes to school, there is no denying the physical burden of paper in medical education. Taking into account just my first year course handouts, the textbooks, and references, I could easily stack a few feet worth of hardcovers, ink, and paper.
Yale Medicine has decided that the jump to a zero-paper footprint of using the iPad is a worthy investment. As I have mentioned before, I am still a stickler for physical material but I can see the benefits of a digital curriculum. It is, to my knowledge, an idea that our very own faculty has flirted with in the past year.
There are many logistical hurdles that I can see with implementing something like the iPad: would they be given to students or rented? do you restrict access or not (e.g. games), and how do you coordinate the release of time specific information, especially in the context of PBL where each group moves at their own pace? These are all things that are difficult to consider. How do you ensure technology is used to its potential and used well to the benefit of a student’s education? It is still something that is up for debate; whether UBC decides to make a similar jump is a whole other story.