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Current trends in communication skills training in UK schools of medicine

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Hargie, O, Boohan, M, McCoy, Mairead and Murphy , P (2010) Current trends in communication skills training in UK schools of medicine. Medical Teacher, 32 (5). pp. 385-391. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.3109/01421590903394603

Abstract

Background: Communication Skills Training (CST) is now mandatory for all students in UK Schools of Medicine. However, the extent to which all schools follow a similar curriculum is unclear.Aims: This paper reports the findings of a survey of CST teaching in all UK Schools and compares the findings with an earlier survey.Methods: A specially designed questionnaire survey was sent to all Schools, and this was supplemented by follow-up telephone interviews.Results: There is a high level of consensus across Schools about the aims and objectives of CST, its location within the overall curriculum, and how it is assessed. There is also a dedicated staff member specifically responsible for CST delivery in all Schools. A wide number of different specialisms also contribute to training. However, wide variations remain in CST pedagogy. In addition, several problems were identified in relation to the integration and operation of CST.Conclusions: While the paper identifies and delineates a typical or ‘modal’ model of CST in UK Schools of Medicine, it also emphasizes the importance of flexibility in this part of the curriculum.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:14249
Deposited By:Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:22 Jun 2010 09:03
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:56

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