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Missed opportunities: a descriptive assessment of teaching and attitudes regarding communication skills in a surgical residency.

Authors
  • Hutul, Olivia A
  • Carpenter, Robert O
  • Tarpley, John L
  • Lomis, Kimberly D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current surgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
63
Issue
6
Pages
401–409
Identifiers
PMID: 17084769
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Communication skills are valued as integral to patient care by both residents and faculty in this study. Residents are most receptive to teaching of communication skills in the clinical setting. Faculty members report they are providing feedback to residents. Although residents report direct observation by faculty, currently only a minority (30%) are receiving feedback regarding communication that they consider helpful. A need exists to facilitate the feedback process to resolve this discrepancy. The authors propose that an evaluation instrument regarding communication skills may strengthen the feedback process.

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