Clinical Studies of Medical Care

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Most microbiology courses for medical students are given during the first 2 years of medical school, and are taught by Ph.D.s who emphasize molecular biology. The current National Board examination consisting mainly of questions on molecular biology, virology, and basic immunology is an example of the emphasis in these courses. This is important for physicians entering research and for a basic understanding of the field for teachers. However, most of our students enter the practice of clinical medicine and with this background are ill-prepared for the cases of bacterial, and often nosocomial, infections that they see on the medical wards.

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