Smartphone and Handheld Purchasing Guide

Many students have asked for information about purchasing handheld devices, especially for the M3 year. This is a short list of suggestions, collected from the Class of 2014 students on what works for them during the clinical rotations. There is a lot of good commentary and wisdom on the full questionnaire results: Click here

In April 2013, M3's were asked "What handheld technology do you feel has been helpful for you during your M3 year, if any?" There were 32 respondents.

Hardware

  • Smartphones are considered Absolutely Necessary by a majority of M3 students
    • 26 necessary, 6 optional
  • Laptops are considered Absolutely Necessary by a majority of students
    • 25 necessary, 5 optional
  • Tablets are considered Optional by a majority of students
    • 3 necessary, 25 optional
    • iPad use is mixed, but iPad mini is recommended over iPad for portability
    • Android/Windows tablets are used, but are not as common as iPad
  • Desktop computers are considered Optional by a majority of students 2 necessary, 23 optional Desktop computers in LRC are available 24-7

Software

Comments from M3ís

"Don't buy a bunch of stuff... wait till you know what you want."

Further questions?

Contact the LRC Help Desk at 734-936-2239 or lrc_help@umich.edu.