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June 4, 1973

Involvement of the Practicing Physician in the Training of Students: The Illinois Experience

Author Affiliations

School of Basic Medical Sciences University of Illinois College of Medicine Urbana-Champaign

JAMA. 1973;224(10):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220240052013

The practicing phyician has long been a welcome participant in the training of medical students. Since World War II, however, his influence in medical education has diminished. A study at the University of Illinois College of Medicine was made with 20 practicing physicians who have returned to the fore in medical education in an innovative experiment in the remarriage of practice with theory.

The physicians are involved in the University of Illinois School of Basic Medical Sciences at Urbana-Champaign (SBMS-UC) as nonsalaried clinical faculty from the east central Illinois region. Their task is to act as advisers, tutors, evaluators, and friends to the students.

The School of Basic Medical Sciences has an innovative program that approaches the basic sciences through a series of clinical problems. From the very beginning, the student is exposed to clinical practice, hospital routine, and laboratory techniques and findings through his physician-adviser. The adviser and student