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You'd think iPhones would've showed up in the hands of McDreamy & Co. as part of an Apple product placement scheme in Grey's Anatomy before they made it into the real world.

The University of Leeds is hooking up 500 of its fourth- and fifth-year medical students with iPhones. The goal, according to BBC News, is to help instructors stay in touch with students as they train.

But the iPhone ain't no one-trick pony - so instructors better prepare for the host of distractions that come with the devices.

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The BBC story quotes a university spokesperson as saying the iPhones will give students access to textbooks "at any time of day or night, wherever they are working."

But as a patient, do you really want a gaggle of med students doing rounds, constantly checking the app version of the iconic gross anatomy text Gray's Anatomy instead of relying on the information they've committed to memory?

This isn't the first time we've seen Steve Jobs infiltrate med schools: in July, Stanford equipped its doctors-to-be with iPads . It seems more than 70 per cent have been using them for note-taking so far.

Still, we can't shake the image of a student in the surgical wing, scanning his Twitter feed while pretending to read a medical chart.

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Dakshana Bascaramurty is a national news reporter who writes about race and ethnicity. She won a 2013 National Newspaper Award in beat reporting for her coverage of changing demographics in the 905 region. Previously, she was a feature writer for Globe Life. More

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