The effectiveness of a first-year clinical preceptorship on the data collection and communication skills of second-year medical students

Frank A. Filipetto, Lucia Beck Weiss, Claudia A. Switala, John F. Bertagnolli

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Abstract

Background: Evidence suggests that effective physician communication strongly correlates with patient satisfaction and treatment outcome. Unfortunately, teaching these skills has been challenging because of 2 major barriers: (a) medical students are often too preoccupied with the technical and scientific aspects of their curriculum, and (b) it is difficult to expand curricular time. Description: To overcome these barriers, an educational intervention that has not required additional classroom time was implemented. This first-year preceptorship focused on improving data gathering and interpersonal/communication skills. Evaluation: Analysis of the data for the 2 test groups revealed that interpersonal and communication skills were modestly higher in the preceptorship group. There was no significant difference in data collection in each of the two groups. Conclusions: Combining formal communication skills instruction with an early clinical experience may prove to be the most effective approach to improving interpersonal, communication, and data gathering skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2006

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