William T. Branch, MD; Ronald A. Arky, MD; Beverly Woo, MD; John D. Stoeckle, MD; Donald B. Levy, MD; William C. Taylor, MD
We developed a required, longitudinal course for first-year medical students that addressed the patient-doctor relationship. Our course linked understanding patients' experiences and perspectives on illness with listening to, talking with, and establishing a rapport with patients while obtaining their medical histories. Learning was enhanced by use of an interdisciplinary faculty and by small-group continuity and faculty mentoring. Our curriculum adapted problem-based, self-directed educational methods to convey medical humanism. We focused on bedside interviewing as the means for exploring patients' social, emotional, and ethical concerns.
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Branch WT, Arky RA, Woo B, Stoeckle JD, Levy DB, Taylor WC. Teaching Medicine as a Human Experience: A Patient-Doctor Relationship Course for Faculty and First-Year Medical Students. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:482-489. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-6-482
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(6):482-489.
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