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Table 2 Curriculum – Communication training for dental students

From: A communication-focused curriculum for dental students – an experiential training approach

Subject Learning objective(s) Instructional methods Approximate time spent on task (in hours)
Biopsychosocial Model Learn about the importance of communication for successful physician-patient interaction and the healing process Brief instructor input
Self-reflection
Group discussion
2
Communication techniques and strategies Learn about and practice active listening at the example of medical history taking Brief instructor input
Practical exercises
Practical exercise with SP
4
(Self-) awareness: external and (self) perception Become aware of “self”
Understand the impact of internal subjectivity in one’s attitudes, values, and beliefs of reality
Recognize one’s feelings during “easy” or “difficult” patient-physician interactions
Brief instructor input
Visual Thinking Strategy
Role play
Practical exercise with SP
5
Communicating empathy and emotional awareness/understanding Learn how to use means of non-verbal communication effectively
Understand the difference between feelings of sympathy and feelings of empathy
Brief instructor input
Video film analysis
Group discussion
Reflection
3
Attitude, bias and emotion-handling Learn how personal attitudes, biases, fears, emotional reflexes, psychosocial defenses, and moods can interfere with one’s ability to arrive at an accurate diagnosis, prescribe appropriate treatment, and promote healing Brief instructor input
Prompting questions
Group discussion
3
Personal development and well-being Become aware of the importance of personal development and well-being
Recognize personal limits and learn when to seek support and consultation
Brief instructor input
Group discussion
3