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Adopt a Family New Medical School Model

Adopt a Family New Medical School Model - Medical education in the U.S. is going through a growth spurt. After decades without a single new school, five new medical schools have opened since 2009, and 10 more are being accredited — a response to the growing doctor shortage.

Besides producing more doctors, many of the new medical schools are also trying to reshape medical education. Florida International University's College of Medicine in Miami is one of these new schools. Its approach to rethinking medical school is a community-based medical curriculum.

Neighborhood Help

At FIU, each medical student is assigned a neighborhood in the Miami area and a family who lives there. Dr. John Rock, the medical school's founding dean, says the mission is to improve the health of the family and the quality of life in the neighborhood.

"We've adopted those neighborhoods, and we never leave. Clearly, we have a commitment to those neighborhoods to be there and to work with households and with the community to address the socio-determinants of health care," Rock says.

Adopt a Family New Medical School Model

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