"Fundamental communication skills in medical practice" as minor elective subject

Amra Zalihić
2014 Acta Medica Academica  
Objective. Poor and inadequate communication a ects the therapeutic relationship between doctors and patients. Guided by this idea, we organized a minor elective course entitled "communication skills". We wanted to bring closer to the students the holistic approach of the family physician to the patient, the importance of the family, its impact on the patient and vice versa, and the signi cance of the local community and its in uence on an individual's health. e aim of this article is to
more » ... rticle is to explain how we organized this elective course. Methods. e course was organized in the form of 12 hours of theory (3 lectures and 9 seminars) and 24 hours of practical training. ere were 26 students from all years. rough theory, and even more through the practical part the students met with di erent types of patients. Results. At the end of the course, students in lower years were evaluated by means of an interview, and graduate students through a practical test -a conversation with a patient. e initial results, including the students' grading of this course, were highly encouraging. Both teachers and students were highly satis ed on completion of the course. Conclusion. Content on communication training is rare in teaching. Practicing communication skills will empower the doctor -patient therapeutic relationship.
doi:10.5644/ama2006-124.105 pmid:24893644 fatcat:y5x6xpq5zzbsbckvuyy7afzkfa