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rom among the nearly 150 submissions, first-year DO students from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) Nicole Paprocki andCarol Platt, won third place in the inaugural AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge to transform the medical school of the future.

Training a New Generation of Empathetic Physicians

The MWU/CCOM student duo was selected for “Community and classroom approaches to cultural competency and health equity,” which proposed that medical schools develop a four-year, service-oriented curriculum including community-based learning experiences to help students form realistic, empathetic perspectives on social inequality and health care disparities.

It is important that we “train a new generation of culturally responsive physicians,” Platt said.

The curriculum will expose medical students to local underserved communities to build a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health and equip them with the tools to apply this perspective to their medical practice.

Listen to Nicole and Carol discuss their award-winning idea in the following video.

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June 2016
Vol. 10, No. 5