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New Program Allows Medical Students to Learn on the Job

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ROCKY MOUNT — Doctors traditionally go through years of training to get their medical degrees, but a new program for doctors-in-training allows North Carolina medical students to go beyond textbooks.

Grant Warren is doing something many of his predecessors couldn't do. The second-year medical student is combining classroom training with real time in a doctor's office. Without the new preceptors program, he'd have to wait until next year to see real patients.

The preceptor program puts second-year students from East Carolina, Duke and UNC into rural medical offices across the state. Normally, most students would not get this type of observation until their third year in medical school. Doctor Wayne Ghans of Rocky Mount says both students and patients benefit.

For Warren, it's the perfect introduction to local family medicine. Something the Newton Grove native is considering as a career.

The program is only a small part of medical training, but one students and professionals believe is graduating better doctors.

Organizers of the program say that, while the participants lean toward family practice, they are not excluded from other specialties when they graduate. Editor's Note:

Anyone with questions for a family physician or specialist can call WRAL-TV5's 10th AnnualDoctors on Call, with WRAL-TV5'sYvonne Simons, WRAL-TV5'sHealth Team Dr. Allen Mask, and nutritionist WRAL-TV5'sLynn Hoggardthis Monday morning at 10.

Free, confidential medical advice will be available to callers until 7 that evening. Participants may also submit questions via email through theDoctors on Callicon on the WRAL OnLine Home Page.

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