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Teaching and assessing communication skills in Maastricht: the first twenty years.
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PMID:  12098395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In order to share the issues involved in setting up a communication skills training programme in a medical school, the development of such a programme at the Skillslab of Maastricht Medical School, the Netherlands, is described and the problems encountered are addressed. A multidisciplinary working group developed teaching goals for communication skills, focused on observable behaviour to be displayed by students. These teaching goals were incorporated in a generic model for doctor-patient communication. A longitudinal training programme was created, throughout the four years of the preclinical curriculum. Students meet in small groups of 10, once every 2 weeks. In between group sessions they practise consultation skills in simulated patient contacts. Communication skills are assessed in the annual multiple station examination. In the development of this programme the following consecutive actions were taken: teaching material was produced, and an assessment tool was developed, as were instruments for programme evaluation. The programme evaluation allowed student feedback to teachers, the teachers' departments, and the administration of the medical school. Finally, teacher training was professionalized.
J. Van Dalen; P. Bartholomeus; E. Kerkhofs; R. Lulofs; J. Van Thiel; J.-J. Rethans; A. J. J. A. Scherpbier; C. P. M. Van Der Vleuten
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Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2001 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-Jul-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  245-251     Citation Subset:  -    
Skillslab, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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