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Medical schools try to reboot for 21st century

From the Kansas Health Institute:

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has not.

Until now. Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, medical schools across the country are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch.

Most medical schools still operate under a model pioneered in the early 1900s by an educator named Abraham Flexner.

“Flexner did a lot of great things,” said Raj Mangrulkar, associate dean for medical student education at the University of Michigan Medical School. “But we’ve learned a lot, and now we’re absolutely ready for a new model.”

And Michigan is one of many medical schools in the midst of a major overhaul of its curriculum.

For example, in a windowless classroom, a small group of second-year students are hard at work. They’re not studying anatomy or biochemistry or any of the traditional sciences. They’re polishing their communications skills. 

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