Medicine: Kathy's Diary

As part of a new accelerated program that enables students to earn their M.D.s in as little as six years, the University of Michigan assigns pre-med sophomores to spend a month in the field with a physician on his daily rounds. Explains Dr. Robert Johnson, director of the field course: "We want these young people to find out if they have the aptitudes for a career in medicine, as well as to get firsthand experience with the patient's side of medical care." If the experiences of Kathy Makielski, 19, are typical, the course is...

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