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“Clinicians today have to graduate being great providers of individual care,” said Dr. Lawrence Deyton, the senior associate dean who’s spearheading this effort. “But they also have to recognize and be able to act on the fact that their patients, when they leave the clinic or leave the hospital, are going home [and] living in situations where there are all kinds of factors that promote and perpetuate chronic disease.”

The idea behind the new curriculum is to link more closely medicine with the policy issues it directly affects. So after learning about the lungs and pulmonary system, for example, the students do a project on controlling childhood asthma.

That’s what brought the entire first-year class to an auditorium on a rainy Wednesday in May. One by one, small groups of students presented their proposals for how to help control childhood asthma in Washington, D.C., especially in some of the city’s lower-income areas.

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