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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, June 9, 1982 "-Page 3
Harvard to overhaul med school

BOSTON (AP)- On its 200th anniversary, Harvard
Medical School is planning to overhaul the way it
trains doctors in an effort to produce compassionate
healers who can cope with the explosive growth of
knowledge and technology.
The movement, if successful, would affect
everything from the first undergraduate science
courses to on-the-job training and would abandon the
curriculum that has evolved since the medical school
was founded in 1782.
STUDENTS WOULD spend the same amount of
time in training. But the men and women would enter
the medical school after their sophomore year in
college, rather than after senior year, and spend the
next seven years, through the first year of residency,
in academic work and clinical training.
By the fall of 1983, Harvard hopes to admit 25
students to an experimental program. If it works, the
new approach will be expanded to the entire 670-
member student body.
"This is not a marginal adjustment of what we are

doing," Dr. Daniel Tosteson, dean of the medical
school, said ina recent interview. "It is an attempt to
take a look at the whole sequence of general medical
TODAY'S MEDICAL students, he said, are cram-
med full of facts with little regard for what infor-
mation a doctor really needs. And they are kept so
busy they have no time to know the senior physicians
who should be molding their careers.
The medical school program envisioned by
Tosteson is intended to:
* Instill students with traditional values that some
say have been eroded in recent years: Care and con-
cern for patients' well-being, the dedication to
choosing the correct treatment and a willingness to
assume responsibility for professional behavior.
* Show students how to teach themselves,
especially by using computers to keep up with the
growth of medical knowledge.
* Revamp the curriculum to eliminate much of the
technical detail and emphasize the basic knowledge

needed by all doctors.
" Combine the three parts of medical education:
Undergraduate college, medical school and residen-
cy program.
Tosteson said Harvard will still educate specialists,
but the new program acknowledges that students
cannot learn each specialty.
In a draft proposal being circulated at Harvard, the
dean wrote that the processes "of selecting persons
who respect and care for others, who care enough to
work at learning and the nurture of these feelings
during medical education need improvement."
For these ideals to rub off, Tosteson says, students
need more close contact with teachers. He proposes
that pupils and professors work together in small
groups in required medical courses.
Not everyone is convinced this will work. When
Tosteson outlined the program for the faculty, Dr.
Edwin Cassem said he doubted character could be
Med school
from 'U'
top nation
U.S. medical schools accepted more
students last year from the University
than from any other school in the coun-
try, according to a recently released
University study.
The acceptance rate among Unvier-
sity applicants, 58 percent, also was
well above the national average of 47
percent, according to the report
prepared by Louis Rice, director of the
University's Pre-Professional Office.
"CERTAINLY the quality of the
student body at the Unviersity con-
tributes to the success of Michigan
students," Rice said. "In addition, the
quality of the academic programs is
L EWiS clearly recognized around the country a
In addition the report showed that the
percentage of Unviersity students who
at the applied and were accepted to U.S. den-
ge the tal schools, 66 percent, was higher than
the national average, 63 percent.
"Michigan's maintaining the
traditions of success in pe-professional
students continues to attract capable
students to the University because of
fl the reputation," he said. "We hope to
continue to have success in this area,"
he added.
a fund for ACCORDING to admissions coun-
ents would selor Lance Erickson, at least 24 per-
r students cent of this year's entering freshman
00 students indicated on entrance exams that they
s at cam- are considering pursuing a professional
in Prescott education, such as medicine, dentistry
med forces or law.
States and He added, however, that students
espondence usually take these tests a year in ad-
ollment to vance of their admission to the Univer-
sity and may change their minds by the
which bills time they enter college.
fully ac- The University traditionally has a
university, large number of students interested in
eronautical professional schools, Rice said. The
gement and Pre-Professional Office helps these
hnology. students by "giving them the best in-
aerospace formation about application strategy,
eywell and professional schools, and self-
as with assessment guides," Rice added.

Daily Photo by DEBORAH
No Coke, Pepsi
Pepsi-Cola employee Betty Jane Bush distributes two unmarked cups of cola to a thirsty volunteer yesterday;
trailer-housed Pepsi Challenge on the corner of Huron and 4th. At least 175 passersby stopped to imbibe and jud
complementary Coke and Pepsi during the cola competition, which ends today.
Trusteeship for sale: $1IMlijo

cost of becoming a trustee at Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical Unviersity might
be considered lofty-its $1 million.
That's the price tag put on an offer for
trusteeships at the Florida school
nicknamed the "Harvard of the Sky" in
an advertisement in the Wall Street
THE SCHOOL, founded in 1926 by two
young fliers who decided to train pilots
for their mail carrier service, says it
needs the money for loans to students
who pay more than $20,000 in tuition for
a four-year course of study.
Its June 1 newspaper ad offered a
"limited opportunity" to become
a trustee of an unidentified university
"if you are willing to invest $1,000,000
cash minimum for financial assistance
to students .. ." The ad assures readers

that such an investment is tax exempt.
A telephone number was listed above a
line that said: "All inquiries treated in
strictest confidence."
. "People havefound it's refreshing in
that it's very direct, very open, very
honest," said Embry-Riddle Chancellor
Jeffrey Ledewitz.
So far, more than 70 people from
across the country have responded to
the ad, he said, adding, "In the respon-
se we had, we do have one or two poten-
tial donors."
INQUIRIES also have come from
other institutins, including Yale
University, about the success of the ef-
fort, Ledewitz said.
Embry-Riddle wants to find donors
who are intersted in "investing in
students, not in brick and mortar," he

Donations would go to
student loans, and repaym
go back into the fund for othe
in baccalaureate program
puses in Daytona Beach and
Arizona. Members of the ar
at 70 bases in the United
abroad take part-time corr
courses, bringing total enr
more than 11,000.
The four-year institution,
itself as the world's only
credited, aviation-oriented
offers degrees including a
engineering, aviation manaj
aircraft engineering tec
Graduates work for such
giants as Boeing Co., Hon
Bell Aerospace as well

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