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Medical school curriculum focuses on patient complaints

Residency Program Alert, March 16, 2010

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Clinical reasoning is at the heart of physicians’ patient care activities. Physicians receive the foundation of their clinical reasoning skills during medical school.

Educators at The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso are taking an innovative approach to teaching clinical reasoning at the medical school level that will eventually be integrated into the school’s residency programs.

Rather than the traditional medical school curriculum, which involves two years of basic science followed by two years of clinical work, PLFSOM implemented an integrated curriculum in which basic science concepts are introduced within the context of a patient’s chief complaint.

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