NYUCD is the first dental school to incorporate Epocrates and the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) into its curriculum The technology will enhance dental education and help future dentists and hygienists fulfill their commitment to provide the best in oral health care.
Proven Epocrates Software Solutions Benefit Students and Faculty
Epocrates, Inc., announces an alliance today with New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) to provide students with the latest in mobile medical information. NYUCD, the largest and third oldest dental school in the United States, is the first dental school to incorporate Epocrates and the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) into its curriculum The technology will enhance dental education and help future dentists and hygienists fulfill their commitment to provide the best in oral health care.
“PDAs provide critical educational and clinical value for our students and patients by providing medical reference information at chairside,” said Elise Eisenberg, DDS, MS, director of dental informatics for NYUCD. “Epocrates provides this information in an easy-to-use interface with frequent content updates and is already being used as a key application by many of our faculty.”
NYUCD will implement a four-year PDA curriculum that will integrate the use of handheld technology into didactic and clinical courses beginning with the first course in dental school. This early integration of PDAs, which focuses on enhancing dental education and patient care, will carry over into clinical practice and directly impact and enhance the quality of treatment students are learning to provide.
“NYUCD is setting a precedent as the first dental education institution to embrace the mobile learning environment and to require PDAs for new students,” said Kirk Loevner, Epocrates president and CEO. “Whether in the classroom or exam room, students and faculty can now quickly access reliable and timely information on medications, drug interactions and related topics.”
The curriculum will stress the importance to students of understanding the medications their patients are taking. Having Epocrates products on their PDAs is an easy way for them to access this information quickly, look up drugs by name or class and identify potential drug-drug interactions or adverse side effects, according to Miriam Robbins, DDS, MS, clinical associate professor and associate chair of oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine at NYUCD.
In the three-year agreement, more than 1,000 dental and dental hygiene students will receive Epocrates Rx Pro® drug and formulary reference and Epocrates Dx disease diagnosis and treatment guides. Students will use these resources for the duration of their program to reference more than 3,000 drug monographs, check up to 30 drugs simultaneously for interactions, and discern more than 1,200 diseases and conditions. In addition, NYUCD faculty will use Epocrates® Essentials all-in-one mobile guides as well as have access to Epocrates Rx Online® Web-based drug reference on their desktops.
About New York University College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, NYU College of Dentistry is the largest dental school and the largest provider of comprehensive, affordable dental care in the U.S. NYU College of Dentistry has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school. For more information, please visit www.nyu.edu/dental
About Epocrates, Inc.
San Mateo, CA-based Epocrates is transforming the practice of medicine by providing innovative clinical tools at the point of care and deploying leading-edge technologies that enable communication. The company has built a clinical network connecting more than 1 in 4 U.S. physicians, students at every U.S. medical school and hundreds of thousands of other allied healthcare professionals with other healthcare stakeholders. Epocrates’ products have shown a positive impact on patient safety, healthcare efficiency, and patient satisfaction. For more information, please visit www.epocrates.com.
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