Education, Practice, and Organization of Healthcare in the 21st Century

Progress in Teaching Physician–Patient Communication in Medical School; Personal Observations and Experience of a Medical Educator

Shimon M. Glick


In spite of the enormous progress of Western medicine during the past century there has not be a concomitant rise in the public’s satisfaction with the medical profession. Much of the discontent relates to problems in physician–patient communication. The multiple advantages of good communication have been clearly demonstrated by numerous careful studies. While the past few decades have witnessed much more attention given to teaching communication skills in medical schools, there are a number of factors that create new problems in physician–patient communication and counteract the positive teaching efforts. The “hidden curriculum”, the increased emphasis on technology, the greater time pressures, and the introduction of the computer in the interface between physician and patient present new challenges for the teaching of physician–patient communication.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2011;2(2):e0037