2 Michigan universities mix dental & med school students together: 3 observations

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Rochester, Mich.-based Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the University of Detroit School of Medicine are launching a new interprofessional course to teach dental and medical students how to collaborate, according to Click on Detroit.

Here are three observations:

1. The course will begin March 2019 for second-year University of Detroit School of Dentistry students. They will develop communication skills and patient encounters alongside second-year OUWB medical students.

2. Courses will take place at OUWB's Clinical Skills Center. Instructors are designing the joint program for students to demonstrate and apply knowledge of their own specialty and communicate with one another more effectively.

3. Session topics will vary, such as delivering bad news, pain management communication and intimate partner violence. Both medical and dental school faculty will facilitate the interactions.

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