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Ipad for anatomy and beyond

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by MB333999, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. MB333999

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    I've never been a big fan of the ipad. I mean i already have a macbook pro so i cant really justify getting an ipad but, i think with interactive e-books like this one, it just might be worth getting...

    any thoughts??

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  3. CodeBlu

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    You're spending how much for school?

    What's another $600. Anatomy text on the go. I'm a huge fan.
     
  4. MB333999

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    yea i can really see myself making use of this, but i just wanted to hear from med students who may already have experience with it or other ipad e-books.
     
  5. armybound

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    Essential Clinical Anatomy is a cool book. I recommend it. an iPad is not essential.

    iPads are pretty neat gadgets. I don't know about you, but I get tired of looking at a computer screen. I would hate to study off of one the amount you'll need to during medical school
     
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    iPad is great for lounging or on the go studying. I can see using it for flashcards, anatomy/histology slides and reading. It's nice if you don't want to be chained to a desk.
     
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    I took a med school anatomy course. People had the iPad...however I did just fine with a Netter's and Thieme (best book ever).
     
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    That looks awesome.. I wouldn't personally buy an iPad just for that but if your one of those gotta have and love everything apple fans thats a huge plus to buying it IMO the testing with anatomy is cool.. not necessary but cool.
     
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    IMO the hard part of anatomy isn't necessarily knowing what things are in cartoons--it's being able to identify them on various bodies. An anatomy reference isn't very useful if you can't bring it into lab with you and get it dirty. That's why I think you'd be much better off buying a good atlas
     
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    good point

    the one thing i have always liked about e-books in general is how fast you can find very specific information using the find word(s) feature
     
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    I will never bring my iPad in the anatomy lab. It's too bad because my Netter's is on the iPad. Oh well....
     
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    I loved my ipad for first year- especially because I could download the lecture PDFs and images and draw all over them during lecture or dry lab (I agree, I'd never take the ipad into the cadaver lab). It was especially useful during histology when I could put stars on things he talked about, or arrows. So much more efficient than printing out 75 color images!!

    I personally have found it to be an extraordinary investment. I would also recommend the Netters anatomy flashcards for the iPhone/iPad- this was one of my favorite things that I would play with on the go. I also liked being able to have all of my PDFs with me all of the time and only carrying around something small. I also made my own digital flashcards (where I imported images from lecture files or the web) that I would use.

    Maybe it isn't for everyone, but I thought it revolutionized the way I studied. Oh, and I love the Inkling textbooks- there aren't very many of them, but the best part is you can buy them by the chapter, for like, $1.99 each. Awesome!
     
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    Research complete

    Verdict - purchasing

    Remaining questions - 3G or no 3G?

    Requesting opinions
     
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    If you don't wanna spend the money on a data plan don't get 3G. Keep in mind too that now the wireless companies are now using tiered data plans and Verizon is switching to that very soon as well, so you may be paying a hefty monthly bill to have a data plan necessary to you. At most schools or places you will be, there should be wifi, and you'd be fine with that. IMHO.
     
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    Just do this:
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    Putting a big clear bag over the iPad means you can still use the iPad, but any chemicals/body parts won't get on it and it's a lot more portable than bringing a book in.
     
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    I don't know- I have the 3G but didn't activate the data plan- you don't need a "plan"- you can do it month to month. I figure it will be useful during months where I'm traveling a lot or on away rotations where my computer hasn't been added to the network (we have to register our devices in our hospital, which mine is, but wouldn't be if I was a rotating student). It isn't like a phone where you have to do a 1-year or 2 year contract.

    I like the option- so I got it, but at the moment I do 99% of my work at home, school, or in the hospital where I'm on WIFI.
     
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    Formaldehyde is only like the 3rd most potent odor you will come across in med school. Definitely do this if you want your iPad to want to never touch your iPad again after Anatomy. You will find that no barrier will keep that awful smell out. Gloves may keep the chemical itself off your hands, but it will do nothing to prevent them from smelling all week.
     

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