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A day in the life: UTMB program introduces lay people to med school - The Galveston County Daily News : Health

September 20, 2014

A day in the life: UTMB program introduces lay people to med school

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:28 am, Wed Dec 12, 2012.

At first glance, it appears to be a standard medical examination room where a middle-aged woman is explaining her abdominal pain and responding to the earnest questions of the doctor in training. In fact, it’s a classroom for training medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and the entire examination is being taped for critique and feedback. 

The woman, Regina Lewis, works as a “patient” — complete with a back story — so students can have an authentic experience and learn how to approach, question and examine people. Most first-year medical students are in their early 20s and may have to ask very pointed and personal questions of patients their parents’ age, explained Dr. Karen Szauter, professor of gastroenterology and senior medical educator leading the day’s training.  

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