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Fostering relationships, developing clinical skills

UC Irvine
Sue Ahearn, director of UC Irvine Health School of Medicine's Clinical Skills Center.

Making better clinicians

In the second week of medical school, each new student embarks on a four-year relationship with the team at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine's Clinical Skills Center.

There, they begin learning — and ultimately perfecting — the clinical skills they'll need on their path to becoming physicians, says Sue Ahearn, director of Curricular Resources and Clinical Assessment for the medical school.

"What I enjoy most is to really foster relationships with the students, to watch and help them develop the skills that will make them better clinicians," says Ahearn, a trained nurse who has been teaching would-be doctors for more than 20 years at UC Irvine.

"We have a 'can-do attitude,' " she says of her team.

"I truly believe that what we do here does make a difference."

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