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Undergraduate hematology – a more integrated approach

Authors Di Carlofelice MA, Cope JFT

Received 23 September 2016

Accepted for publication 29 September 2016

Published 23 November 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 643—644

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S123032

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder


Matteo A Di Carlofelice,* Jack FT Cope*

Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK

*These authors contributed equally to this work

As fellow medical students we read with great interest the article by Mandan et al1 proposing a dedicated hematology rotation. The authors highlight a gap in clinical hematology teaching, particularly compared to “conventional rotations”.1 Their suggestion has merits and we agree with most of the points raised; however, propose instead for us to build on current teaching as opposed to establishing a new rotation.
The integration of theoretical and practical learning was concluded to be beneficial to both teacher and student by Wrenn and Wrenn.2 In the original article it is mentioned that “clinical experience allows students to comprehend and apply this knowledge in practice, enabling the all-important integration of their learning”.1 As we agree that hematology overlaps with other specialties and therefore requires a thorough understanding, we value how a clinical attachment would be useful to solidify lecture-based teaching.

View the original paper by Mandan et al.

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