Medicine: Patients, Not Textbooks

Patients, Not Textbooks Students used to spend two years in medical school before they ever saw a patient. They learned about bones from a skeleton and from charts, and often had a hard time when it came to setting a fracture. U.S. medical schools have been gradually shifting the emphasis from textbooks to patients. At the nation's newest medical school, at the University of California at Los Angeles, which opened its doors this week, first-year men will begin learning from patients in their first week.

Each student will be assigned (under the eye of...

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