Anonymous Alumnus Donates 200 iPad Minis to 1st-Year Downstate Med Students

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Downstate’s first-year medical students got a highly anticipated email Tuesday, September 20. The more than 200 iPad minis purchased by an anonymous Downstate alumnus for the entire class were ready to pick up in the Alumni Office.

“It’s easier to pull stuff up for anatomy,” said med student, Vinny Sinatra, waiting to pick up one of the 7.9-inch, 32GB iPads. “You can put it in a Ziploc bag and take it to anatomy with you. It’s small enough to fit in your coat pocket.”

Student Oriana Tascioe plans to download the 3D Essential Anatomy app, and use her new iPad through the course of the day.

“It’s a lifesaver,” she said. “It’s not like I can carry around my laptop during anatomy.”

First-year Clifford Chao was inspired by the philanthropy.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “I didn’t know people did this kind of thing, but now that I know, one day I would consider doing it too.”

 

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