The Clinical Experience
Dr. Stuart Marcus, MD, president of St. Vincent's Medical Center and a surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal cancer surgery, has been involved in medical education for most of his career.
He looks forward to teaching Quinnipiac medical students. "The opportunity to train tomorrow's physicians is very energizing," Marcus says.
Medical students sharpen the skills of physicians and benefit patients, who have extra sets of eyes on them. "A teaching hospital is a positive, energetic environment," he says.
As a Catholic hospital in one of Connecticut's largest urban centers, St. Vincent's offers care to the poor and underserved. "It's an enormous opportunity to work with this population," Marcus says. Students will interact with patients from all walks of life and learn about the importance of cultural sensitivity.
Quinnipiac medical students will learn basic primary care as well as tertiary complex care in their clinical experiences at St. Vincent's, a top-level community hospital. "Medical students need a working knowledge of complex care in order to effectively practice primary care," Marcus explains.
At St. Vincent's, it's all about quality and patient safety. "For a medical student to be in an environment where patient safety and quality are our highest priorities really puts them on the forefront," he says.
The School of Medicine's emphasis on interprofessional education dovetails with the existing practices among staff and doctors at St. Vincent's. "That is already alive here," Marcus says. "We've knocked down the silos between nurses, doctors and allied health professionals."
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