Excerpt from College of Medicine Catalog, 1987-1988
Often, however, we are confronted with the idea that the practice of medicine is an art rather than a science; and furthermore, that too much science in medical education renders the future physician insensitive to the human needs of patients. Frequently medical students state that the entrance into medical school really does not bring about the expected change in fulfillment of their motivational desires. Often they feel removed from the art of medicine to the point in which satisfaction or gratification of emotional needs cannot be achieved. As a result, a cynical attitude may emerge toward medical and patient problems, with a subsequent loss of motivation toward learning. The educational experience must help the student to achieve a high quality blend of humanism and science, which will enable optimal medical care to be provided to patients. The faculty strives to blend the art and the science of medicine into the College of Medicine programs.
Through careful planning, an effort will be made to use the fundamental knowledge of the basic sciences in a meaningful relation to career goals in medicine. While during the first year and second year the emphasis will be on sciences, clinical medicine will be introduced during the second year and clinical medicine will be the focus during the third year. The Opportunity to advance in both fields in a correlated fashion then will be offered in the elective period of the fourth year.
The introduction of clinical medicine in the second year and the opportunity to select basic science courses during the elective year, are of special significance for modern medicine since there is widespread recognition that delay between scientific discovery and its clinical applica tion is too long and must be shortened. It is expected that graduates of the present program will have less difficulty in retaining a true feeling for a close relationship between science and clinical application and practice.
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