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Education

Good doctors are good communicators

Our curriculum was designed with your diverse needs as a clinician in mind. The Communication Skills program can help you to develop core medical interviewing skills by addressing issues, challenges and perceptual skills in medical communication.

Medical school

In medical school, communication skills are integrated into the Med 1 and 2 Clinical Skills Unit where you will take patient-centred medical histories and perform physical examinations.

In the clerkship years, you’ll be able to consolidate and build on your communication skills as you engage in progressively more in-depth and challenging patient-doctor interactions that are reflective of the increasing complexity of practice within the larger health care team.

Residency

Moving along the continuum into residency, the teaching and learning of communication skills is broadened beyond the patient-doctor focus to include skills specific to your expanding role as a teacher, scholar and collaborator.

Continuing professional development and faculty development

As proponents of life-long-learning, we acknowledge that even faculty and practicing physicians may want to improve their communication skills. To address this need, we provide Continuing Professional Development and Faculty Development training that is suited to your needs as a working professional.

If you aren’t able to take a course due to time limitations, but are still interested in improving your communication skills, we also offer a range of workshops.

Program goals

  • train medical students and residents to communicate effectively with patients and collaborators
  • enhance the communication skills of practicing physicians through continuing medical education initiatives
  • promote the importance of communication skills in medicine for physicians in their roles as teachers/learners and collaborators within health care teams