I'm Mo Nadkarni. I'm a professor of internal
medicine at University of Virginia. We really have a commitment to education for medical
students. We really are enthusiastic about training new medical students. And we have
very talented folks who know their medicine, so they can impart that knowledge. So I teach
in a number of different courses. One that is called Foundations of Clinical Medicine
where I'm working with six medical students all the way through their first two years.
So I get to know these six medical students very well, and I'm always blown away by
how intelligent they are, how enthusiastic and how compassionate they are. So it really
helps me refresh myself when I work with those younger students. And then later on, I work
with them on the wards when I'm attending on the wards. And they're really quite an
impressive crew; a diverse group of students who are really interested in taking care of
patients and learning every day. In our division, we have quite a bit of research going on.
Some of it's in areas such as wisdom and errors in medicine. We have folks, like Andy
Wolf, who are at the national level looking at colorectal cancer screening. We have folks
looking at doctor-patient communication, particularly in HIV, coming up with new mobile phone apps
for patients to be able to communicate better. So I think the more we can do to expose students
to patients early on and show them the benefits of continuity of care with patients, and how
outpatient medicine affects inpatient medicine, and how the social determinants of health
affect both of those, I think that's something that we can enhance in our department. Year
after year we tend to get the Mulholland Award, which is given by the medical students to
the department that teaches the best. So for the last several years in a row, we've received
that award. And I think that's because we really have a commitment to education for
medical students. We really are enthusiastic about training new medical students. And we
have very talented folks who know their medicine so they can impart that knowledge.