Fall/Winter 2005 Table of Contents
News from the College
Epocrates Guides Put a World of Knowledge in Dental Studentsí Pockets

NYU College of Dentistry Is First U.S. Dental School to Adopt Epocrates as Part of a PDA Curriculum

In keeping with its plan to implement a four-year curriculum utilizing personal digital assistant (PDA) handheld devices, NYU College of Dentistry has provided the Epocrates Rx Pro and Epocrates Dx mobile medical and drug reference guides to all second-year students. Eventually all students will utilize the Epocrates guides, which put patient information and healthcare reference information in the hands of caregivers at the point of care. Every U.S. medical school and over 200 medical residency programs participate in the Epocrates program; NYU College of Dentistry is the first dental school to do so.

According to Dr. Elise S. Eisenberg, Director of Dental Informatics, "NYUCD is one of the first dental schools in the nation to adopt a four-year PDA curriculum plan beginning with the very first course in dental school. The premise for a PDA curriculum is to enable students and faculty to access state-of-the-art instructional technology to help improve the quality of care they provide. Epocrates, which provides quick access to consistent, up-to-date information on medications, drug interactions and related topics in an easy-to-use format, is a key part of this strategy."

Added Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Dr. David Sirois, "People are living longer with associated chronic illnesses and ingesting increasing numbers of prescription medications. The potential for adverse effects and drug interactions is increasing. Doctors must rely on automated information systems to access drug information and interactions on demand. Epocrates is an outstanding tool for accessing medication and other important health information, and will help advance our goal of making NYU dental graduates competent in the use of information technology required to make sound clinical judgments."