Clerkship Students

If you haven't already, please review the information found in our Getting Started guide for information on using mobile device management (MDM), syncing email and calendars, accessing Stanford's wireless network, and securing your device.

Using an iPad in a Clinical Environment

iPads are still a fairly new device, and their use in clinical settings is in many ways an open book. There are a number of ways these devices have been used as tools for clerkship education, clincal patient care, and team collaboration, and there are many more waiting to be discovered. Below, you'll find some recommendations and information that can help in finding out how the device might best help you in your clerckship experience.

Professionalism and Etiquette

As you transition from using your device in the classroom to using it in the clinics, you should be aware of differences in those environments that impact the way you use your device. Professionalism and etiquette become much more important as you enter clerkships, so please take a moment to refer to some of the best practices for clinical mobile device use provided by OME.

Information Literacy

A major driver for mobile devices in education and clinical practice is information literacy. Information literacy refers to the ability to identify gaps in knowledge, access resources for information, evaluate that information, and apply it to your work. Please reference Lane Library's excellent resources for practicing information literacy, you will use these skills whether you use an iPad or not.

Mobile Access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

Mobile devices hold great promise as tools for accessing EMR. This is a very new practice though, and currently the options are limited. Many of the sites you will go to do not have EMR or cannot provide access to EMR for mobile devices. This is something that is expected to change moving forward, but timelines for such changes are often long. Stanford Hospitals and Clinics allow access to Epic from iOS devices in two ways:

  1. iOS Apps for iPhone and iPad: Stanford Hospital's EpiCenter site provides details on how to install and configure the Haiku and Canto Epic apps for iPhone and iPad. It's worth noting that currently both apps are read-only and will display only a partial patient record. However, the apps are fairly quick and easy to use, with nicely designed interfaces that allow you to access Epic even from home.
  2. Citrix Receiver for iPad: The EpiCenter site also details how to connect to Epic through Citrix reciever in much the same way you would from a computer. While this method allows editing and access to the full record, it is fairly clunky and can be awkward to use.

Using your Device at Stanford Sites

Some documentation is available for iPad use at SHC sites. Further information can be found at SHC's iPad FAQ. Instructions for accessing the SHC secure wireless network can be found here (ignore references to Citrix). If you are having trouble, please contact your team's IT support. If still have trouble or have a question, please contact EdTech

Using your Device at a Non-Stanford Sites

Access to wireless networks, EMR and other resources can vary greatly from site to site. Usually, you can ask your team how to get in touch with IT, who should be able to tell you what type of support they offer for mobile devices. You can sometimes find information on the each site's website as well, although this is not always the case. We will try to post links here to helpful information about other clerkship sites, so please check back periodically.

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