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ZNE's One Health Clinical Elective featured in The New York Times

The New York Times recently featured Zoo New England's One Health Clinical Elective in the article:

Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.
Medical students at Harvard take part in an elective with veterinarians, learning about diseases and treatments between animals and humans.
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About the One Health Clinical Elective

The One Health Clinical Elective, an innovative program benefitting healthcare for both humans and animals, is believed to be the only formal program of its kind in the country. One Health refers to the idea that human, animal and environmental health are all linked. This approach encourages collaboration across all disciplines to deepen understanding, gain valuable insights and to ensure the best health for all – humans, animals and the environment.

Through this elective, Harvard Medical School MD and PhD students in their senior year have the opportunity to work closely with Zoo New England’s Animal Health staff in their daily clinical practice. Students take an active role in case management, diagnostic work-up, and treatment of zoological species, while they are encouraged to think about the commonalities in medicine and physiology of health and disease across all species.

The students work with a team led by Dr. Eric Baitchman, Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation at Zoo New England. Several students have completed the program since it was added to the course catalog in early 2017, with others having participated informally before its creation as a formal rotation. Learn more