Medical Student Home (MeSH) program

School of Medicine student Cameron Harrison and his MeSH preceptor, Joseph Tortorello

Early in their education, medical students begin to develop the valuable, hands-on patient interaction skills they need to become successful physicians.

In October of the first year, each medical student is matched with a Connecticut-based primary care physician who serves as the student's preceptor in the Medical Student Home (MeSH) program. Students spend one afternoon a week in their preceptors' practice, working with the physician and his or her patients and staff. This relationship continues and evolves over three years.

MeSH is a section of the Clinical Arts and Sciences course and builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundations of Medicine and the other basic science courses. The experience is a "practical laboratory" for students to work with patients and feel the pulse of a real community practice.

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