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Olean General Hospital Launches Second Year of St. Bonaventure University Clinical Experience Program

Posted on: 09/22/2009

Olean General Hospital recently welcomed the second wave of St. Bonaventure University pre-medical students to its one-of-a-kind Clinical Experience in Medicine Program.

The Experience in Clinical Medicine will provide 18 students of the SBU pre-med program exposure to a wide scope of medical and surgical services at the Hospital during the academic year. The program provides pre-medical students an opportunity to experience, first hand, a clinical environment and to explore issues surrounding the practice of medicine which are not covered in traditional pre-medical courses. Students are better able to understand the different specialties of medicine and to interact with both practicing physicians and physicians-in-training.

The program features weekly three-hour sessions in 12 different hospital departments such as surgery, emergency medicine, cardiology, pathology and psychiatry. Plus, weekly classroom lectures at OGH. It is open to sophomore, junior and senior students.

"This program in partnership with St. Bonaventure University, is truly unique and exposes students to a variety of clinical areas at an early stage in their education," said William Mills, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs. "By volunteering three hours in various rotations over the course of the school year, these students will not only have a tremendous differentiator to use on their medical school applications, but they will have a greater understanding of the broad scope of medicine in a hospital setting, and that may help guide their decision-making as they pursue a clinical specialty down the road."

Olean General Hospital’s commitment to medical education and training is also evident in other collaborative agreements. Olean General recently signed an affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania as a clinical site for their college’s medical students. Additionally, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Research sponsors the only rural track family medicine post-secondary residency training program in New York State at Olean General.

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