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MEDICAL STUDENTS and primary care residents may not be receiving enough training in preventing disease.
Two sessions at the 12th annual preventive medicine meeting, Prevention 95, held in New Orleans, La, focused on the teaching of preventive medicine in medical school and primary care residencies. Although no one discounts the importance of prevention, instructors of medical students and primary care residents report experiencing difficulty in finding adequate time to teach the fundamentals of preventive medicine along with the rest of the required curriculum.
According to conference speaker S. Edwards Dismuke, MD, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, "Just because community health is mentioned, it does not necessarily mean that the teaching of preventive medicine occurs in medical schools."
Course Content Analyzed
In preparation for a curriculum renewal at his school, Dismuke and colleagues analyzed all required medical school courses taught
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