U of Minnesota medical school tests Harry Potter-like house system for students

The University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis is piloting a two-year "house system" for third- and fourth-year medical students, in a program Minnesota Daily likens to the Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter.

The medical school will create three learning communities, named after apples, which are intended to foster a greater sense of community and connection among students, as well as provide more academic resources, according to Minnesota Daily.

The houses are divided by academic or faculty advisers. Students who study their first two years at the U of M's Duluth, Minn., campus are required to transfer to the Twin Cities for the final two years. They will retain the learning community groups they formed at the Duluth campus after the transition, according to the report.

The medical school plans to formally launch the program in 2020, and eventually roll it out for students throughout all four years of medical school, according to the report.

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