Dahlgren Memorial Library at Georgetown University Medical Center is seeking funding for a project designed to assess the utility of iPad Mini tablet devices for use by neonatal intensive care unit and pathology residents at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Research has been conducted in the use of the iPad in several clinical point of care and training settings including with physical medicine and rehabilitation residents Niehaus, et al, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident Use of iPad Mini Mobile Devices. PM R. 2015 May;75:512-8. and an otolaryngology head and neck surgery inpatient service Crowson, et al, Utility of Daily Mobile Tablet Use for Residents on an Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Inpatient Service. J Med Syst. 2016 Mar;403:55. Little data has been tabulated or studies conducted to determine the clinical utility of the iPad Mini tablet device. The Niehaus et al. study states there is minimal research on the use of smaller tablet devices in residency programs, and most of the previous studies were conducted with standard-sized iPad tablet devices. Dahlgren Memorial Library staff working with clinicians at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital propose the purchase and deployment of the devices and to study their utility in a point-of-care clinical setting as the residents rotate through various clinics onsite at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and in clinical settings throughout the Washington DC area. Resources staff at Dahlgren Memorial Library have built an extensive collection of electronic materials which currently provides access to 6,500 journals and 4,500 eBooks,. All digital content in the Dahlgren Memorial Library collections are integrated into National Library of Medicine resources such as PubMed. Deployment of the iPad devices will facilitate access to National Library of Medicine databases and Dahlgren Memorial Library resources.
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