Advanced Medical Interviewing

Mission:
The medical interview is central to accurate diagnosis. The patient-centered clinical model of interviewing is central to helping patients handle their pain (physiologic or psychologic), and is the backbone of health intervention. Successful patient interviews serve to strengthen the bond between patient and physician. Without directed instruction in this area, physicians regularly make preventable mistakes of omission or commission. This course brings together resources to improve cognitive and performance aspects of the medical inerview.

Course Outline:
Students will interview random patients in the family practice centers and nursing home. These interviews will be taped and the student will review with faculty interesting and problematic encounters. There will also be exposure to difficult standardized patients. Students will travel to ETSU's family practice clinic sites, rural clinic sites, geriatric sites, and possibly other sites to broaden their exposure.

Responsible Faculty:
Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP


Course Offered/Duration:
October or by special arrangement for two or four weeks.

Prerequisites:
Pre-Clinical Interviewing Course and Junior Clerkship in Family Medicine.

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