The brand new Hofstra/North Shore - Long Island Jewish School of Medicine has taken advantage of its unique advantage of creating a medical school curriculum from scratch. The school's first class will have the opportunity to learn via inductive reasoning by seeing patients with chest pain before they learn all the factual parts of what makes up a myocardial infarction. They will know chest pain and from that knowledge point, as they continue onwards with their more traditional studies, they will then have the advantage of context. The students will know what cardiac cell necrosis looks like, and what troponin bumps look like, and what statins are designed to prevent, and what the past event is that pathological q-waves represent.
Here is an excerpt from an article found on PRNewswire-USNewswire from July 27, 2011:
"Within the first weeks of their arrival, students will be trained and certified as emergency medical technicians and begin working in ambulances. By learning to be EMTs and practicing emergency care from the beginning of their studies, students will be exposed as members of an emergency-response team to patients in crisis situations. The school's ground-breaking academic course content offers students the unique opportunity to learn medicine through a new and innovative curriculum that integrates basic science with hands-on clinical experience throughout the four years of medical school."
If you know of other schools practicing novel approaches to expose medical students early to patients, especially to patients who are in their first stages of presentation, please leave a comment.
Thank you to Hofstra for getting it right.