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To teach future doctors patient relations, the Clinical Arts class at University Medical School uses actors to play people with medical problems. These \"patients\"\" are interviewed by the students, who then have their bedside manner critiqued.
North Carolina's research hospitals are on the cutting edge of medical research in fields such as AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. Researchers at Duke University are examining AIDS vaccines and the movement of cells, while researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are building a computer network that allows doctors to use simulated models to deliver radiation treatment. Additionally, researchers are Wake Forest University are focusing on chronic diseases, while collaborative projects between UNC-Charlotte and Carolinas Medical Center include examination of the interaction between heart vessels and lasers.
In 1965, Duke University piloted the first physician assistant (PA) program as a way to integrate military personnel with medical knowledge into a civilian job. Since then, PA programs have spread throughout the world and over 100,000 assistants have been certified in the U.S. This program also introduced a collaborative method to approaching medicine and expanded aid to underserved communities.