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November 5, 1982

'Realities of Medicine:' a week of the future

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2090-2097. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170008003

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It is a Sunday morning late in August. A few casually but neatly dressed young men and women exchange greetings and anecdotes as they survey the brunch buffet: plump blueberries in a handcrafted ceramic bowl, coffee cakes stuffed with nuts and fruit, a chafing dish of spiced sausage, and pitchers of coffee and apple cider. They fill their plates and join the other guests in the sun-dappled living room.

Throughout the summer, this group—mostly medical students—has enjoyed many such Sunday gettogethers at this home in Evanston, Ill. The brunches, which have become something of a tradition, are actually planning sessions for another tradition, "The Realities of Medicine," a week-long program designed to acquaint second-year medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago with issues pertinent to the art and practice of medicine before they embark on their clinical rotations.

The program is the brainchild of the