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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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SOGI, Cecilia; ZAVALA, Salomón; OLIVEROS, Miguel  and  SALCEDO, Carlos. Self-assessment of core clinical skills in medical graduates: medical interview, physician patient relationship and communication. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2006, vol.67, n.1, pp.30-37. ISSN 1025-5583.

Objective: To assess the perception of medical graduates in regards to their training in medical interview, physician-patient relationship and communication skills. Materials and Methods: Applicants to a 2005-residency post at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos participated in the study. The questionnaire was designed adapting three instruments. Validity and reliability studies were carried out. Results: A total of 917 graduates completed the questionnaire, 59% were male; 56% between 25-29 years old; 85% responded to having had training in core clinical skill, but various deficiencies were identified: a) clinical method; b) psychosocial data gathering; c) patient´s comprehension examination; d) emotions management; e) non verbal communication. The time as limiting factor for adequate relationship/communication with the patient was identified in respondents´ comments. Conclusion: Several deficiencies in core clinical skills were identified and should be considered in educational intervention programs.

Keywords : Interviews; physician-patient relations; education, medical; communication.

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