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UC Riverside Med School seeks out, fast-tracks local med students to keep new doctors in region
Southern California Public Radio

Medical student Crystal Deedas leans over and peeks into the ears and noses of pint-sized patients she’s caring for during her rotation at the Riverside Medical Clinic. “Does this hurt?” she asks an 8-year-old boy visiting the clinic with his mother.

“What about now?” she says, as she further examines his ear.

There’s nothing unusual about a medical student, such as Deedas, doing supervised work on real- life patients.  That’s all part of the clinical rotation experience required by medical schools. But what is unique is that Deedas is seeing patients in her first year of medical school. Typically, med students wait until their third year before getting such clinical experience.