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New MSU curriculum gets med students in front of patients early on

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine wants to get medical students into the real world much sooner with the launch next month of an entirely new curriculum. Rather than spend their time in classroom instruction and lectures to learn basic sciences, first-year MSU medical school students will start receiving early clinical instruction in settings such as physician offices within weeks of arriving on campus. Second-year students would spend time learning at hospitals, outpatient clinics and emergency rooms to complement their classroom training.

Having medical students in contact with patients much earlier in their education essentially moves forward some of the methods of third- and fourth-year clinical rotations and post-graduation medical residencies. Working alongside physicians allows them to better and more quickly connect what they learn in the classroom with the practical lessons offered in a clinical setting.

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Would you donate to a biobank?

MSU College of Human Medicine Center for Ethics Director Dr. Tom Tomlinson and Raymond G. De Vries, Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at University of Michigan, have co-authored the article "Americans want a say in what happens to their donated blood and tissue in biobanks." The authors discuss biobank donations, precision medicine, genetics, privacy, and consent. READ MORE 

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