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Developing Better Teachers by Training Them Like Medical School Residents

A new training program is educating teachers the way medical schools educate doctors. Can it help close America's persistent achievement gap?

Can the largest charter school organization in California close the achievement gap by revamping teacher training and ending the massive problem of high teacher turnover? The Aspire Public Schools Teacher Residency Program, a new teacher preparation initiative certainly wants to try. The program is approaching teacher education the way medical schools educate doctors—combining education theory, classroom practice, and intensive coaching and mentorship.

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New Drama Gets Global Health Work Wrong

Memo to ABC: Doctors who work abroad in tropical locations do not generally perform surgeries by candlelight.

As part of a new focus on global health initiatives, Boston hospitals are sending residents abroad. The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts General Hospital sends 30 residents abroad as part of their partnership with in Mission of Mercy Hospital and Research Centre in Kolkata, the hospital that once cared for Mother Teresa.

In the article, Mass General medical student Dr. Gina Rae Kruse sums up the reason for the program's popularity with residents:

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