Taking Charge of Your Health

We had had a thirty year pause in the
United States in building any new medical schools and our goal is really
to look at what had changed in that period of time that made the way the
other schools operated a little bit out of step with the way science and
the way clinical medicine had progressed. When I was trained people really believed you could learn everything you needed to know in medicine at a point in
time, and most of that would last you a lifetime. I think we realize now the pace of new discoveries is so fast that you have to be flexible, you have to be be willing to discard things and you need to be able to teach yourself. So, we’re really people who can be self learners. The occupation communication, empathy skills, patient education skills we train
primary care physicians, we train surgeons we train specialty physicians
as well as physician scientists Pearls is really the small group hybrid between space based learning and problem based learning that we do with the first and second year students at the school of medicine. It’s structured such that there are eight or
nine students and a facilitator. The students really direct their own learning and the facilitator is there to guide the students. I think that
translates really well into patient care because when you get to the third-year
medical school residency and beyond it’s on you to really learn about the patient’s that are in front of you and work as a team with everyone else on the floor. I think one of the things that stuck with me most when I interviewed here was the administration’s passion with which they speak about the curriculum in the new building and how it was designed to serve the curriculum. This new building has a lot of smaller programs with a lot of individual rooms, and again that’s putting the emphasis on
individual study and self-directed learning, but we actually just started in
this new building but I think it’s actually really great to see that their
offices for a lot more faculty so a lot more faculty will be available. I’m able to write on walls and huge windows for lots of light, really makes it a warm and inviting situation. The structure lab is
beautiful. The structure lab has usually a couple of stations and in small groups we discuss the
cadaver, the body, and associate it with something that’s on a TV screen. The
active learning, the engagement as adult learners, the the problem solving and
critical reasoning that we emphasize as opposed to memory is a much more
exciting curriculum. I think the small groups that we have here allow for you to prepare for those small group discussion that you’ll having in a hospital and the outpatient setting
where you’re working with a variety of different health care professional to school is much more integrated, where if you’re doing a let’s say pulmonary that week, then when you go into lab you’re actually doing the lungs, chest x-ray, and various colleges slide in the pulse
cases that are also associated with the lung. The first clinical experience that they ever have
is on an ambulance, with a paramedic and EMT. The remainder of our time during the first
two years, we actually do clinical rotation through community practices. The ability to go see
patients every single week allows me to remember cases lot better. One of my really good friends
in college is a fourth year here and on the first day of orientation they taught her to suture. The process of becoming an accredited allopathic medical school is
fairly complicated and requires three steps: a preliminary, a provisional and a full accreditation. We are now fully accredited, con graduate and give the MD Degree to our graduates who have met all of the requirements.We have been very successful in competing for students and I think we’ll only improve as a reputation continues to be known nationwide. I think being credited helps what we’re looking
for, but I think that students who choose to go here and the professors who teach here have one goal in mind and that’s at the end of the four years that we become
doctors with the patient in mind and patient care in mind. At the end of the day, the education that I’ve been getting at this medical school is incomparable to
anything that I would have gotten elsewhere.

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