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NOVA; So you want to be a doctor


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So you want to be a doctor
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1812, 1813

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

In 1987, NOVA selected seven students from the entering class at Harvard Medical School to follow throughout their medical training. These students are all high achievers but will experience more than an academic challenge, it will be an intense emotional rite of passage. In addition, they will be guinea pigs in a radically changed curriculum called "The New Pathway", a new approach to teaching that cuts back on lectures and allows them to learn clinical skills without waiting the traditional two years. Neil Patrick Harris (star of ABC's "Doogie Howser, M.D.") hosts. NOTE: This program follows NOVA episode #1521: "Can We Make a Better Doctor," aired 12/88 and precedes #2207 "The Making of a Doctor," aired 5/95.



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Chicago: “NOVA; So you want to be a doctor,” 07/01/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BCC65FB80A449A1BEA418A9FE11FF94.
MLA: “NOVA; So you want to be a doctor.” 07/01/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BCC65FB80A449A1BEA418A9FE11FF94>.
APA: NOVA; So you want to be a doctor. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6BCC65FB80A449A1BEA418A9FE11FF94
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