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Teaching healthcare policy and practices to med students

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George Washington University’s medical school is now teaching students about the operations and policies of the U.S. healthcare system

An NPR story¬†quotes Lawrence Deyton, M.D., the senior associate dean who is spearheading the new curriculum as saying:¬†“Clinicians today have to graduate being great providers of individual care. But they also have to recognize and be able to act on the fact that their patients, when they leave the clinic or leave the hospital, are going home [and] living in situations where there are all kinds of factors that promote and perpetuate chronic disease.”

NPR says that “the idea behind the new curriculum is to more closely link medicine with the policy and public health issues that directly affect it. So after learning about the lungs and pulmonary system, for example, the students do a project on controlling childhood asthma.”

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