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Undergrad experiences benefit students considering medical school, journal report says

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician face several obstacles to gaining quality clinical and research experience needed to make an informed decision, according to research published in the current issue of WMJ, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The Tobacco Science Scholars (TSS) Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) is designed to address some of these barriers.

“Medicine is a clinical profession based in research, but undergraduates often apply to medical school with limited understanding of clinical experience and only minimal exposure to clinically relevant research,” the authors wrote.

The one-semester TSS program is designed to shepherd undergraduate students through required federal patient confidentiality laws and institutional regulations, provide active-model clinical experience and provide a fully integrated research experience. Research and clinical rotations focus on tobacco-related illness to promote an experiential understanding of evidence-based medicine.

The UWSMPH’s Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention is in its second year piloting the TSS program, which is open to undergraduate students with strong academic standing and interest in becoming a physician. In a survey approximately one year after completing the TSS program, students have expressed positive feedback about the course.

More information is available in this news release and in the online version of WMJ.

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