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iPad App Brings Neurology Learning to Park Benches, Streetcars

iPad App Brings Neurology Learning to Park Benches, Streetcars

Dr. Jason Lazarou brings the classroom outdoors with the new MedEngine app for iPad

Who would have thought that the TTC could be a great place to learn about neurology?

Just ask Dr. Jason Lazarou, Director of Education for Neurology at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network. He has developed one of the first-ever iPad applications to give residents of neurology the whole classroom experience at their fingertips anytime, anyplace.

The new application is called MedEngine. A year ago, Dr. Lazarou and a team of developers decided to create an app that could store curriculum and allow residents real-time interaction with instructors and fellow residents. 

“Giving people access to curriculum at their convenience could improve learning outcomes. Residents now have their curriculum with them on the bus, on the subway, on the couch at night, whenever it suits them best,” says Dr. Lazarou.

Dr. Lazarou noticed that neurology could be a bit of a “black box” for some residents, so more information at the ready was crucial. He also realized the “Facebook generation” needed a learning tool that was not only interactive but mobile.

With that in mind, Dr. Lazarou launched MedEngine for iPads, because neurology residents already use the technology daily. MedEngine centralizes the residents’ digital files, including video and power point presentations. Now, any files added to the curriculum by a teacher or resident is instantly shared through WiFi.

“The resident might see a patient with a specific problem, such as dementia, and can search all the contents in the curriculum related to that area,” says Dr. Lazarou, explaining how MedEngine works.

Residents can also share new information they discover by including files in a shared library that is always up-to-date and can be used by teachers to update the curriculum.

But what makes this app truly unique is the ability for residents to communicate with peers or a teacher almost instantly. Through the app, residents can pose questions about specific articles.  With a simple push notification, instructors then receive those comments on their own smart devices so they can respond. The app also includes a chat function. Residents even have the ability to give an article a rating, similar to a star rating on a Netflix account.

“What we have here is something very unique, innovative and useful that can extend beyond the reaches of medical education,” said Dr. Jason Lazarou.

Dr. Lazarou recently submitted a research proposal to see if this feature affects educational outcomes.