Lost in translation: the case for embedding newcomer care in medical education


  • Tina Madani Kia University of Alberta




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Madani Kia T. Lost in translation: the case for embedding newcomer care in medical education. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 30 [cited 2024 Feb. 26];14(6):133-4. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/78045



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