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Volume 9, Number 19Space holderMay 13, 2005

Academic Medicine article describes college system

An article in the May 2005 edition of Academic Medicine described the formation, structure and operation of the College system at the UW medical school and its emphasis on bedside teaching and role modeling.

The article is titled, Promoting Fundamental Clinical Skills: A Competency-Based College Approach at the University of Washington.

The authors point to evidence suggesting that American medical schools are not giving enough emphasis to teaching fundamental clinical skills. The article goes on to explain the UW medical school's developmental, integrated approach to teaching basic patient-care skills and professionalism, while at the same time providing more personalized attention and mentoring to medical students. The article also gives examples of specific tools used in teaching and assessing clinical skills.

The authors are Erika Goldstein, director of the Colleges and associate professor of medicine, General Internal Medicine; Carol MacLaren, the medical school's associate dean for student affairs and chief administrative officer for academic affairs; Sherilyn Smith, assistant professor of pediatrics; Terry Mengert, professor of medicine, Emergency Medicine; Ramoncita Maestas, associate professor of family medicine; Hugh Foy, associate professor of surgery; Marjorie Wenrich, director of medical affairs special research and communications projects; and Paul Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UW School of Medicine.

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