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Metamorphosis of a Medical Student
Third-year experiences in the clinic spur a remarkable transformation


Everything changes during the third year of medical school. Leaving classrooms for the clinic, students begin to apply lessons learned from textbooks, lectures and labs to real patients. And for the first time, future MDs begin to feel like doctors.

Learn about this intense—and rewarding—year, known at Harvard Medical School as the Principal Clinical Experience, or PCE. Listen as students and faculty members share, based on personal experiences, how the approach fosters mentoring, communication and empathy.

Interviewees include HMS student Kat Wakeham (shown here on the far right) and her mentor David Hirsh, an HMS assistant professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance. Photo by Leonard Rubenstein.

This is episode 16 of the Harvard Medical Labcast. Subscribe through iTunes or by adding this URL to your feed reader.




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