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.
Branch WT, Arky RA, Woo B, et al. 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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