UC Irvine: Students with iPads do 23% better in national exams

He added that the first class participating in the iMedEd Initiative scored an average of 23 percent higher on their national exams – taken at the end of the second year of medical school – than previous UC Irvine medical school classes, despite having similar incoming GPAs and MCAT scores.

That’s impressive.



  • MrPhotoEd

    An Apple iPad a day, keeps the bad scores away? Just a thought

  • Walt French

    Obligatory jaundiced, gimlet-eyed comment: if whatever caused the selection of iPads could ALSO have impacted scores — i.e., if students weren’t assigned randomly to the iPad/non-iPad groups and the instruction wasn’t somehow skewed towards having an iPad — then the “study” is badly compromised and unlikely a peer-reviewed journal would accept the study as indicating that iPads help test scores in this setting.

    • dr.no

      The quote clearly says compared to last years class with same level of gpa and mcat scores. Why the hell do you need randomization on that.

      Coffee is bad for you. just stop one day and see the pain your stomach feels because the bacteria in your stomach are having withdrawal symptoms. kids are dying from “5 hour energy” which is just concentrate caffeine delivery system.

      Coffee consumption can lead to iron deficiency anemia by interfering with iron absorption, especially in mothers and infants.[129][130] Coffee’s interference with iron absorption is due to the polyphenols it contains. However, excess iron is carcinogenic to the liver. Therefore, coffee consumption’s negative correlation with the development of liver cancer is also attributed to polyphenols.[131]

      bleached paper filter is giving you dioxin in your coffee.

      • Walt French

        Way to go in citing a totally selective list of isolated issues—independently any broader studies of how caffeine or other substances in coffee might promote longer life in practice in the US. You might fool some people that you actually perform or are responsible for using careful research, versus promoting some agenda.

        Oh, and a shout-out for ignoring my casual cite of well-documented confounding of effects in old studies.

        PS: haven’t used a bleached filter in well over a decade now. Press-pot, drip-thru-goldplate-filter or espresso for richer taste.

    • Ed Zactly

      The original article states that ALL med students in the program are provided an iPad.

      • Walt French

        Thanks. So what they are measuring is iPad + every single other difference between two classes. Got it.

        • redmannishboy

          Your point is what exactly? That the people in last year’s class differ from the people in this year’s class, even if the GPAs and MCAT scores of the classes are similar? Obviously. Have you done much research? That issue occurs in every single study that looks at 2 different groups of people (tall v. short, twins v. singletons, men v. women, smokers v. non-smokers, Canadians v. Australians, etc.). Once you control for all the factors that can reasonably be controlled, the fact still remains that no two people are identical (even identical twins), but obviously some differences are trivial and some confounding. The fact that some people in this class came from Wisconsin while none in the last class did (even though the general educational, demographic, and geographic backgrounds are similar) is the kind of “difference” that, apparently, confuses people unfamiliar with modern research techniques (i.e., you).

  • BC2009

    Does that mean that smart people buy iPads or iPads make people smarter? Which one should Apple go with when they do their marketing?