Student 'moles': revealing the hidden curriculum

University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-1726, USA.
Medical Education (Impact Factor: 3.2). 06/2006; 40(5):463-4. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2929.2006.02424.x
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