ENGLISH FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES
This course is taught in cooperation with St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, NY and is intended for both physicians and medical support staff. All course material has been approved by board-certified physicians.
Although (FMG) foreign medical graduates are able to communicate with medical staff in technical medical English, they are often unable to effectively communicate with their patients in colloquial English. The St.Clare's Hospital/EnglishPerfect curriculum strives to give these physicians the essential linguistic "tools" to interact with patients who may speak various dialects. In addition, physicians will familiarize themselves with various sociocultural factors, which may affect patients' lifestyles.
These newly acquired communicative strategies will empower non-native physicians to take more accurate patient histories and perform more "patient sensitive" physical exams. Not only will physicians be able to make a more definitive diagnosis, but they will also be better equipped to persuade patients regarding medical regimen compliance. Physicians will learn to explain illness and medical procedures to patients in appropriate "lay" terms. Medical personnel will better understand American colloquialisms during patient interactions and they will develop nuances to express concern, encouragement, and sorrow to patients.
Physicians will learn how to present a brief patient capsule summary during daily rounds and how to participate with confidence in group discussions. They will engage in effective phone conversations with medical staff and develop social skills for interfacing with physicians to increase patient referrals. Physicians will acquire a greater awareness of social medical issues in American culture. Not only will this course strengthen communications with medical support staff, but with members of the clergy as well. Ultimately, improved communication may help to reduce the possibility of misunderstandings, inappropriate procedures, embarrassing situations, and malpractice litigation.
If requested, course content can be modified to include interview skills for future clinical positions.
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