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October 2009 Issue
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First-year medical students (from left to right) Joseph Song, Joanna Jeong, Matthew Fanous and Meghan Brown talk with James Curell, MD (right), an associate professor of psychiatry, during a medical specialty event held in September.
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Physicians Give a 'Speed Chat' to Students on Medical Specialties

By Angela Koenig
Published October 2009

First-year medical students (from left to right) Joseph Song, Joanna Jeong, Matthew Fanous and Meghan Brown talk with James Curell, MD (right), an associate professor of psychiatry, during a medical specialty event held in September.

Similar to "speed dating” in which people chat for a limited time and then switch to a new person, the event grouped about 85 College of Medicine students with 25 physicians who shared firsthand information about their particular specialty.

The event was an opener for the Bearcat Host Physician, which matches first-year medical students with a local physician—and in some cases, that physician’s family—who act as a support system for incoming students.  

"We think it was a great success from the number of students we had," says co-organizer and third-year medical student Mahmoud Chehab. "There were many more students requesting to participate than there were slots available.” 

The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the American Medical Association and the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati.

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