Orange County medical college uses unique teaching program

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Students at one medical college in Orange County are getting hands-on experience in a very unique way.

Students at Touro Medical College in Middletown are using horses instead of people as part of their training. The course is offered at Raven Hill Farms in Florida and offers an introduction to medicine.

Program coordinators say the course helps students learn how to interact with new patients. The students focus on body language and cues from the horses just like they would if they were treating real patients.

Touro is one of a handful of medical schools nationwide offering the Medicine and Horsemanship program.

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