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Slavin S et al (Yes - our Stu Slavin) Curricular Reform of the 4th Year of Medical School, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 15(3) 186-193 Briefly reviewed by Steve Miller, Columbia University


Slavin S et al (Yes - our Stu Slavin) Curricular Reform of the 4th Year of Medical School, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 15(3) 186-193

Briefly reviewed by Steve Miller, Columbia University

This is a terrific description of educational innovation - that reforms the 4th year - and creates additional sense of connectedness among students. Interestingly, Stu describes how the colleges could actually promote diversity of training - rather than early specialization. Students who know they are going into primary care - may choose to joint the acute care college - as they might perceive that this is their last chance to get extra training in this area.

(Do you have a structured career oriented approach to the 4th year at your school? Do you think 4th year should be almost exclusively elective?Do you think 4th year should have a limit to the number of specialty electives that can be done - eg. No more than 2 electives in any single surgical subspecialty? SM)

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