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Medical school with no lectures?

Med students in Vermont rejoice!  The Washington Post reports: When the University of Vermont’s medical school opens for the year in the summer of 2019, it will be missing something that all but one of its peer institutions have: lectures. The Larner College of Medicine is scheduled to become the first U.S. medical school to […]

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HWR and Kaiser

Kaiser Permanente is opening a medical school in 2019.  How will the school be different from current medical schools?  The L.A. Times reports: …its approach will differ markedly from that of many established medical schools. It will hew closer to the company’s commitment of rapidly adopting new technology and adhering to the latest medical evidence […]

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Doctors are very empathetic…until they start seeing patients

According to InsideHigherEd.com (“Tomorrow’s Doctors…“) medical students are very altruistic, empathetic people…until the start medical school.  The article describes the findings of a study titled “Is There Hardening of the Heart During Medical School?” in March’s Academic Medicine.  The longitudinal study finds significant decreases in “vicarious,” or emotionally driven, empathy, during the course of medical […]

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How to reform Med School

Is the current medical school curriculum optimal in terms of teaching doctors-to-be how to best practice medicine? DB’s Medical Rants blog says no. “One cannot really understand most diseases if one cannot correlate the physiology. We should focus our anatomy teaching on the big issues, not the 3rd branch off the 2nd artery (hopefully you […]

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