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Medical News & Perspectives
December 1, 2010

Medical Education Meets Health Reform

JAMA. 2010;304(21):2349. doi:10.1001/jama.304.21.2349

When orientation begins at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, the initial welcome to first-year medical students is not from their dean, Robert Golden, MD. The first voices they hear as they begin their medical education are those of patients. The patients talk about their illnesses and the impact of these conditions not only on the population at large, but on themselves and their loved ones.

“We feel that it is more than symbolic,” said Golden. “It's important to really drive home the patient [perspective] from the beginning, that what it's all about is the patients.”