New Medical Schools Pair Students With Patients From the Start

When Lawrence G. Smith was tapped to help create a new medical school on Long Island, the last thing he wanted was a traditional model in which students had to wait until their third year of training to have any meaningful interaction with patients. Dr. Smith, the chief medical officer of a 15-hospital health system, instead favored approaches like sending first-year students out with ambulance crews and encouraging future doctors to develop long-term relationships with