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Am J Clin Pathol. 2010 Apr;133(4):533-42. doi: 10.1309/AJCPQCT94SFERLNI.

Educating medical students in laboratory medicine: a proposed curriculum.

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Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8035, USA.


As the 100th anniversary of the Flexner report nears, medical student education is being reviewed at many levels. One area of concern, expressed in recent reports from some national health care organizations, is the adequacy of training in the discipline of laboratory medicine (also termed clinical pathology). The Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists appointed an ad hoc committee to review this topic and to develop a suggested curriculum, which was subsequently forwarded to the entire membership for review. The proposed medical student laboratory medicine curriculum defines goals and objectives for training, provides guidelines for instructional methods, and gives examples of how outcomes can be assessed. This curriculum is presented as a potentially helpful outline for use by medical school faculty and curriculum committees.

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