Improving the patient experience
When it comes to designing our programs and centres, nothing is more important than ensuring our future physicians have the skills to provide the best patient care possible—whether we’re helping them become more effective communicators or teaching them the skills they need to make efficient use of innovative new technology.
Our programs include:
Begin developing your communication skills in your undergraduate years, when you start taking patient medical histories and performing physical exams.
Build on these skills in your clerkship when you’ll be participating in more in-depth and challenging patient interactions.
Broaden your communication skills in your residency to include skills necessary for teaching and collaboration.
With so much information at our fingertips, it can take a specific skill set to find the right facts to help your patient. You’ll learn critical evaluation skills that will help you:
- detect bias
- examine the plausibility of specific assertions
- weigh evidence
- judge the soundness of inferences
- develop counter arguments and alternative hypotheses
Medical education research enriches our understanding of teaching and learning practices in medicine and the health professions. We engage in consultation, mentorship, education research, collaboration and other activities.
Healthcare has always been an interprofessional world. The Faculty of Medicine encourages students, residents, faculty, administration and staff to display professionalism in all aspects of their interactions with other professionals, patients and their families, as well as other members of the public.
Develop the insight needed to truly understand your patients and your collaborators by incorporating the humanities into your medical education.
Since experience in the humanities helps you understand what your patients and their families are dealing with emotionally, you’ll be better equipped to help them cope.
Also, studies show that practicing the arts can be therapeutic—for patients and physicians. Achieve a healthier mental state, and you’ll be a better, more compassionate physician.
We’re in an age when technology is permeating almost every area of our lives, and medicine is no exception. Whether you use technology to manage your patient histories or to detect efficiency issues that affect wait times, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the training you need to make effective use of all the resources you have available to you.
Evaluation of educational programs is vital to keep things up to date. This is especially true for medicine where we need to ensure that our students are getting the best possible educational experience using the latest tools. By evaluating a program, we can learn what we are doing well, what we can improve and how we compare to other similar programs.