Google Glass Becomes Part of UC Irvine Medical School

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Google Glass is slowly making its way into the mainstream. In fact, several medical institutions are ?now experimenting on the computer ? enabled eyeglasses for ?possible use in the industry. The School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine, has taken the step by issuing Glass to its medical students and making it a part of its curriculum.

First Med School to Incorporate Glass

Irvine is the first medical school to include the Google Glass into its four ? year curriculum. Students in their first and second year will utilize the device in their clinical skills and anatomy courses. Those in the third and fourth year will wear the Glass during hospital rotations.

“I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students,” said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of medicine, in his statement. “Enabling our students to become adept at a variety of digital technologies fits perfectly into the ongoing evolution of health care into a more personalized, participatory, home-based, and digitally driven endeavor.”

A Helpful Asset

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While the general public remains to be skeptical about the idea of wearing the Glass on a regular basis, some fields have seen the wearable as a helpful asset. In the medical field, doctors can now choose to use the device when digging through files, look up facts on a tablet, or search computers for data. They only need to nod or blink to get all of the real ? time information without having to leave the patient.

The University of California, Irvine, has found the Glass helpful after conducting pilot tests in operating rooms, the emergency department, and intensive ? care units. Apart from this school, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston also tested the computer ? enabled eyeglasses with its emergency ? room doctors. They found out that the wearable has proven its use in acquiring summarized data to doctors as they speak with and examine patients.

Dr. Warren Wiechmann, associate dean of instructional technologies and assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine at UC Irvine, will oversee the implementation of the device?s four ? year program.

“Medical education has always been very visual and very demonstrative, and Glass has enormous potential to positively impact the way we can educate physicians in real time,? Wiechmann said. “Indeed, all of medicine is based on ‘seeing,’ not ‘reading,’ the patient.”

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