This course focuses on communication skills, eliciting the patient’s history, performing a physical exam, and communicating their findings to healthcare professionals through oral presentations and written notes.

In this course, students will learn and practice the foundations of patient-physician communication skills, including initiating the session, building the relationship, exploration of problems, understanding the patient agenda and structuring the consultation.

Students will also learn the first steps of eliciting the patient’s story in a patient-centered manner and the initial components of a physical exam.

In addition, students will begin to develop their skills documenting their findings in a patient note.

(2 credits: 30 hrs.)