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iPod Could Help MD Students Practice Stethoscope Use
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 at 4:30 PM - by Staff
Dr. Michael Barrett of Temple University has produced a CD that plays back the sounds of six abnormal heart conditions. According to a Time magazine article, it's part of an effort to help medical students with stethoscope use, a skill that doctors have started to lose in an age where they can simply order expensive diagnostic scans to diagnose heart problems.
A group of medical students uploaded the recordings to their iPods and used them as study aids. Dr. Barrett found that after about two hours and 3,000 playbacks, the students correctly identified 80% of the sounds on a test, up from 30% before the study session.
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