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SBU Students Attend OGH Clinical Experience Program

Posted on: 09/30/2010

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


The Fall 2010 “Experience in Clinical Medicine” program will provide nine students of the SBU pre-med program exposure to a wide-scope of medical and surgical services at the Olean General Hospital throughout the fall semester. Participation in the program provides undergraduate students a better understanding of the different specialties of medicine and interaction with both practicing physicians and physicians-in-training.


The program features classroom sessions at SBU plus, six clinical rotations at OGH allowing pre-medical students an opportunity to experience a clinical environment, first-hand, and to explore issues surrounding the practice of medicine which are not covered in traditional pre-medical courses.


During the fall semester, the students will rotate through the following areas:  Operating Room, Laboratory, Emergency Department, Cardiology, Radiology, as well as rounding with the hospitalists.  A series of learning objectives have been created for each rotation which connect the observational experience with the classroom experience.  These objectives also address patient safety, patient satisfaction, evidence-based medicine, and quality issues that are critical for health care providers.


"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., Senior Vice President of Quality and Professional 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 the education and training of future physicians is also evidenced by the hospital’s other affiliations.  Olean General sponsors the only rural track family medicine post-secondary residency training program through the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Research.  Additionally, OGH holds 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.

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