Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, First International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Introduction to the Pécs Model: Innovation in Teaching Medical History Taking
Ágnes Koppán, Katalin Eklicsné Lepenye, Renáta Halász, Judit Sebők, Gergő A. Molnár

Last modified: 10-06-2015


Among clinical skills, doctor-patient communication is considered a high priority in establishing the proper diagnosis. Therefore, our team at the Department of Languages for Specific Purposes at the University of Pécs, Medical School (UPMS) has designed an educational model to improve these fundamental skills. Our primary objective is to share these innovative practices with others.

Peer-tutoring history taking courses are offered to international students assisted by Hungarian senior students, as well as digitally available educational materials. The latter is based on authentic doctor-patient conversations (video-recordings in Hungarian) while acquiring the patient’s history.  Following video recording, EU standardized texts from A1 to B2 levels are implemented including task-based case studies and check-lists to ensure the use of authentic communication.

The scene for pilot experimentation is a university course with blended-learning methods; the video-recorded conversations are used in class, followed by hospital-based practice to promote motivation and increase cultural awareness.

Aligned with the current general orientation of modern linguistics, we believe context-based language courses may better prepare physicians for interviewing their patients in the 21st century.

Key words: communication skills, clinical skills, context-based history taking, peer-tutoring, blended learning, medical training in international programs

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd15.2015.528

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