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Helping doctors keep human touch
San Francisco Chronicle

Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. “You can see,” he pointed at the screen — weight, blood sugar and cholesterol are too high and rising. The man didn’t reveal he was too nearsighted to see those numbers, but he’d quietly volunteered that he’d been ignoring his own health after his wife’s death. The future-Dr. Shumer looked away from the computer for a sympathetic conversation — exactly the point of Georgetown University’s novel training program.

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