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The Fine Art of Curriculum Enhancement

By Thomas Kohout

Since the 1910 publication of the Flexner Report, Abraham Flexner’s famed assault on the state of medical education, two years of basic sciences followed by two years of clinical rotations has been the standard prescription for physician training among U.S. medical schools. But much has changed in health care since the dawn of the 20th century, and faculty leaders at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) believe it’s time medical education evolved as well.

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Out of the Darkness

Cardiac Care in East Africa Offers a Brighter Future for Pediatric Patients

By Kristin Hubing

Strep throat is a ubiquitous childhood illness in the United States — and easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. Soon it’s a distant memory for the infected child. But in the developing East African country of Uganda, where recurrent Streptococcal infections often go untreated, the consequences are dire. Rheumatic fever can ensue, which causes chronic rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Without surgical intervention, RHD–induced cardiac fibrosis can lead to heart failure and possibly death.

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Where Education Ranks High

By Laura Otto

It’s 9:30 on a summer evening in 2009 and Kimberly Weaver has just found out she won’t be able to participate in her online discussion course next week. Weaver, an independent duty medical technician (IDMT) in the United States Air Force, has received orders for her second deployment, this time to Qatar. Stationed for six months, Weaver will serve as the senior squadron medic for the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron.

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Dialed In

An FM Radio Opens the Door to a Once-Inconceivable Career in Medical Research for Sidney Fu

By Helen Fields

Sidney Fu wasn’t just the first in his family to go to college. He was also the first in his whole town. Born the sixth of six children in a farming family in rural Shaanxi, China, he worked hard and found his way through middle school, high school, college, graduate school, and finally postdoctoral fellowships that brought him to the United States.

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