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    Default Med students taught bedside manners with horses

    Just saw a blurb on the Today show about an elective class to teach med school students to relate to their patients and the importance of body language and non verbal communication.

    Here's a little related clip:
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    Good find! Thanks for posting!
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    Before I had my horses I was trying to figure out how to work there. There's actually quite a bit of substance - it's not just "games" or some kind of airy-fairy thing. Excellent program.
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    I'm tempted to send it to my doctors.



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    Saw the piece on the Today show this morning; it seems like a wonderful program, and the doctor who led the one featured was fantastic--so gentle and soft-spoken. My sister's in med school now, and I would only hope that she could get to do something like this!
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    Cool!



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    I'm skeptical. That guy appears to be quite happy with himself and I'm not sure the students learn much. Patients are far more complex than horses. If he really wanted to foster a gentle bedside manner, he'd use young calves to greater effect. Calves are curious but you need to drop all pretenses and have a perectly quiet manner to get their curiosity up enough to approach you.
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