Digital Doctor Bag

The 21st Century has introduced an era of technology integration into healthcare. Patients, physicians, and the entire interprofessional team engage technology to accomplish their day-to-day activities. The Digital Doctor Bag initiative harnesses the use of technology and provides easy access to software, digital medical devices, and communication tools that a medical student will nee.d to be prepared for the modern healthcare landscape

The black doctor bag has served as the visual representation of a physician’s work for over 100 years. During the era of door to door visits, it carried all the tools of their craft. In today’s world patients have access to digital devices that monitor their health at home, electronic medical records have opened the door to electronic communications between patients and doctors, and with the enormous amount of patient data being collected; precision medicine is no longer a thing of the future.

With our Digital Doctor Bag initiative, we have deployed the iPad the modern-day doctor bag. The iPad is on its way to becoming the device that houses the future tools of the physicians’ craft. With the everchanging landscape in healthcare, we recognize it has the potential to equip our students with the skills and tools required to excel in this new age of medicine where technology and humanism must intersect.

Thanks to the generosity of the Heatherington Foundation and an anonymous donor, we were able to gift an iPad to each student, years 1-3. This gift provided the platform for COMP and COMP-Northwest to deploy
the Digital Doctor Bag program.


Medical students are the future drivers of change in healthcare.


Recognizing this, we must embrace a generation that has utilized technology from their earliest years. As technology advances ever so quickly in our world, the advancement of medicine must follow suit. COMP and COMP-Northwest have made a commitment to be on the leading edge of these advancements to maintain a positive learning experience for our students. We truly believe that investing in programs like the Digital Doctor Bag will lead to the excellence that we expect from our osteopathic medical graduates.

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Phase 3

Digital Teaching Resources: Much like the progression of chalkboards to overhead projectors, to carousel slide projectors, PowerPoint teaching has also begun its evolution. Such capabilities are being replaced by online module platforms, adaptive learning scenarios, and live interactive discussions through video chatting tools. Academic institutions have had to keep pace with a learner who has engaged technology their entire life.

COMP Connect: Today more than ever, we are one college connected through our mission of healing and vision for the future of medicine. Through this new app and our current digital environment, we are in the process of truly becoming one community with one voice. COMP Connect provides a platform for us to do what is more important right now- support each other and stay connected.

Digital Medical Devices: The tools of trade are changing rapidly and being placed in the hands of patients, primary care physicians and emergency physicians on the front lines of care. Our office’s goal is to have our students engage these technologies early in their training to increase their familiarity. We also employ an approach that stimulates discussion of how these devices will be integrated in their future practices.