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Medical students help the poor

UAlberta course takes students to inner city

University of Alberta medical students are working in Edmonton inner-city clinics, shelters and the remand centre, as part of a new course designed to help doctors better understand problems like homelessness, addictions and mental illness.  “I think it’s really important for physicians to understand where their patients come from,” Kathryn Dong, assistant professor in emergency medicine, said in the CBC.  One student says the course is giving residents the chance to offer better care. “Just as you use an interpreter for someone who speaks a different language, you just need to figure out a way to elicit the information you need to help these people,” the said.

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