Patient-Doctor II

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center has been one of the major academic centers for second-year Harvard Medical School students in the Patient-Doctor II course. The eight to 12 students assigned to HRC spend a full year learning to take a medical history and perform a medical examination. In addition, they learn to apply critical thinking skills essential to forming a diagnosis.

Zaldy S. Tan, M.D., M.P.H., director of the HMS Patient-Doctor II course, says the complexity of geriatric care gives the students the opportunity to hone their diagnostic skills in a way they would not necessarily be able to with younger and more acute patients. Many patients/residents are eager to participate, and sensitize the students to the issues older people deal with on a daily basis. HRC patients are among the most challenging and frail the students will encounter, so students begin to learn the principles and practices of geriatric medicine.

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