Wednesday, August 14, 2013

American College of Surgeons: Improved communication techniques enable residents to provide better care now and in the future

The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons recently published an article relating streamlined communication and its beneficial effects on patient care. Raphael C. Sun, MD, Afif N. Kulaylat, MD, Scott B. Grant, MD, and Juliet A. Emamaullee, MD, PhD write,

"Effective communication is a key component and common denominator in successful organizations and businesses, and medical practices are no exceptions to this rule. Studies have consistently demonstrated that effective communication is essential to delivering safe and high-quality patient care. Until recently, residents have not been required to complete standardized courses in communication, and the subject has never been a formal component of graduate medical education. However, the emphasis placed on communication has increased since the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has identified it as one of the six core competencies for physicians."

Read the entire post at the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons:

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