The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2022 for its innovative use of Apple technology in the classroom.
In order to receive this recognition, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville faculty, staff and students worked with Apple representatives to demonstrate how the school supports continuous innovation to achieve its goals of learning and teaching in the clinical environment. Medical students at the school currently use iPads with specially created apps to learn to listen to heart sounds before working with patients.
“We at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville wanted to leverage that technology to prepare the future physicians of the Greenville community and the state of South Carolina to not only enhance their acquisition of knowledge, but to create ways to more effectively care for their future patients and their families,” said Dr. Angela Sharkey, senior associate dean of academic affairs. “Our efforts to integrate technology in the classroom, to create opportunities for our learners to innovate and create apps, has been led by a team of faculty, staff and students. This team, iMERGE, set out to achieve these exciting goals. Their efforts, summarized and submitted as an application in the form of an iBook, has led to the recognition of our school as an Apple Distinguished School. I am delighted that this vision and this team’s efforts have brought well-deserved attention to our school.”
In addition to using Apple technology, the school also utilizes 3D printing technology for research and development of lower-cost prosthetics as well as virtual reality to allow its students to have an in-depth understanding of how the human body works.
“Technology has become a part of every patient encounter in health care, a part of everyday life for all of us, especially for our students,” Sharkey said.