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Award Report: An iPad Lending Library for On Call/Night Float House Staff–Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers residency training in categorical medicine, general dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and preliminary medicine, as well as an integrated residency in general surgery and fellowships in infectious disease, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine, for a total complement of 85 house staff. As part of their training program, house staff are required to work on-call time duty hours–time beyond the normal work day hours during which they are required to be immediately available–or to work night float hours.

Under the auspices of a MAR Technology Improvement award, the Booker Health Sciences Library purchased eight iPads with peripherals to create a lending library of iPads. Program faculty identified Kindle books for download.  (We discovered that the library could not set up a corporate account with Amazon to purchase Kindle books for download to the iPad.)  The identified Kindle books were purchased in e-book format specific for the internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology residency programs with on-call duty hours or night float hours. Lending policies and evaluation criteria are being developed.  Once these policies have been approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the iPads will be loaned to house staff for on-call duty hours or night float hours. The library staff will offer training for every house staff member participating in the project and will serve as technical support during the project.  The library staff will evaluate the house staff’s reaction to and use of the iPads for independent learning or for direct patient care while on call. The library staff will ask each faculty preceptor for these respective house staff to also evaluate the effectiveness of the iPads as a teaching/study modality.

Catherine Boss
Booker Health Sciences Library
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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