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September 21, 1970

The Corpsman as Teacher

Author Affiliations

East Lansing, Mich

JAMA. 1970;213(12):2080-2081. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170380054021

To the Editor.—  In the recent literature regarding the use of ex-military medical corpsmen as paramedical personnel to help relieve the civilian physician shortage,1,2 one area of possible utility has been neglected: that of the medical corpsman as a medical student teacher. In a program initiated recently at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, a retired naval medical corpsman with 30 years' service and independent duty experience has been appointed and trained to teach beginning procedural physical diagnosis to the first-year and second-year students. A continuing training program for this paramedical teacher is being conducted by members of the medical staff. With his previous experience and training, a high level of performance was easily accomplished. He has been well accepted by the students in his initial teaching assignments. His experience on independent medical duty seems important for qualifying him in his role as a teacher in