A NEW STRATEGY FOR MEDICAL STUDENT TRAINING OF PATIENT PHYSICIAN COMMUNICATION SKILL
The Department of Medical Education at National Taiwan University Hospital developed a curriculum "Interactive Training Program of Patient Physician Communication Skill" for medical students in 2013. Instead of the traditional didactic method, this curriculum applied different teaching strategies including audio-visual technique, role-play, feedback and small group discussion in the training. This study was designed to exam the benefit of this new curriculum model.
119 fourth grade National Taiwan University medical students received training in 2013. During the four-hour training program,medical students viewed five video clips then small group discussion, role-play, video replay and feedback. After training, medical students filled out a questionnaire rating the importance of and their confidence with patient physician communication skill.
The training program was effective as the pre- and post-test results demonstrated increased confidence in communication skill. The new strategy made participants more engaging. Participants' patient physician communication knowledge(F = 35.29, p <.001, η2 = .045) and skill (F = 17.13, p <.001, η2 = .023) were significantly higher than those before the workshop. As for the self-assessment of global scoring on physician competence of communication, the scores after the workshop are significantly higher than those before the workshop (F = 13.56, p <.001, η2 = .027). Long-term impact of the training program on the patient care outcome will be assessed by patient follow-up survey six months later.
Interactive training program of patient physician communication can be effective in settings where teaching strategy is traditionally didactic.