I can tell you from experience that no matter what sort of degree in the medical field you are pursuing you will have a ton of textbooks. One of the anatomy books I had in college weighed a good ten pounds. Add to that the cost of those books and class materials and sometimes the books can cost you more than the tuition. The Yale School of Medicine is now moving to the iPad in place of some printed materials students need.
In all, Yale is spending about $600,000 to provide 520 top-of-the-line iPad 2 3G 64GB tablets to students. The iPads come with the curriculum for first and second year students pre-loaded. The iPad for third and fourth year students come with materials for their chosen specialty. Apparently, the stack of printed materials that goes along with medical school at Yale is enormous after two years and the copied pages don’t do colors that are needed in medical images.
The iPad on the other hand will allow the students to view the material with high-resolution images as well. They can also take advantage of apps that encourage interactive learning. Tablets like the iPad are becoming much more common in the hospital and medical setting so it only makes sense for Yale to move in this direction.