Outcomes of Introducing a Mobile Interactive Learning Resource in a Large Medical School Course

  • Timothy Friedmann
  • Ji Dong K. Bai
  • Sahar Ahmad
  • Raquel M. Barbieri
  • Sumaiya Iqbal
  • Paul S. RichmanEmail author
Short Communication


Mobile devices are an integral part of modern medical education, as convenient platforms for access to online interactive learning resources; students’ use of textbooks has correspondingly declined. We designed an interactive iBook© for pre-clinical students encompassing the content of the pulmonary segment in an organ-based multidisciplinary course. We found, via a survey-based study, that students preferred the iBook to other faculty-supplied materials (PowerPoints and PDFs), mainly due to its interactive images, animations, and study questions. Students’ test performance did not change significantly after introducing the iBook. This study suggests that expanded use of interactive learning resources may enhance students’ engagement with pre-clinical courses.


Mobile learning iBook Medical school pre-clinical classes Test performance Study habits 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Moshe Eisenberg and the Renaissance School of Medicine mobile MedEd initiative for their assistance with this project.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The Stony Brook University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB) considered this study to be exempt from research approval, based on the anonymous collection of data in an educational setting (CORIHS no. 1090485-1).

Informed Consent

Student participation in this study was voluntary and anonymous. The institutional review board judged it to be exempt from the requirement for informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of MedicineRenaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  3. 3.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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