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December 4, 2013

Improving Communication With Patients: Learning by Doing

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Program in Bedside Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA. 2013;310(21):2257-2258. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281828

“Learning by doing” has been the mantra of clinical education since the days of Osler. Simulation (for example, in laparoscopy or in enhancing communication skills) is a relatively recent teaching innovation. It allows for a controlled setting and minimization of patient risk and discomfort. The hope for any form of simulation is that it will be an effective pedagogic tool, a valuable adjunct to experience with real patients.1 Teaching physicians the skills to communicate well with patients at the end of life is a worthy goal, because it is profoundly beneficial to patients when done correctly.2,3