“Yale School of Medicine students’ backpacks just got a whole lot lighter,” Antonia Woodford reports for Yale News.

“In an effort to save paper and make course materials more accessible, the Yale School of Medicine is providing all its students with an iPad 2 — Apple’s latest version of its tablet computer — for use in the classroom and clinical settings, medical school administrators announced in a press release Tuesday,” Woodford reports. “Students will be able to download the entire medical curriculum on the device, as well as use it to read and handle confidential patient health information, said Michael Schwartz, assistant dean for curriculum at the medical school. The device will be theirs to keep even after graduation.”

Woodford reports, “The school is distributing about 520 iPads in total, Schwartz said. First-year students and third- through fifth-year students have already received theirs, and the rest will be given out by early next week… Yale is not the first school to introduce iPads for classroom use — the Stanford University School of Medicine gave the devices to incoming first-year and master’s students in fall 2010 — but it is making the leap before many of its peer institutions.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jai Gill” for the heads up.]