Table 1

Elements of the newly developed training in 2008 and 2009 compared to those of the standard course (number of hours in brackets)

Module "Basics of Communication Skills" (19.5 h)

2008

Module "Basics of Communication Skills"

(33 h)

2009

Standard course

(12 h)

2008 and 2009


■ Basic introduction: doctor-patient communication

(4 h)

■ Basic introduction: doctor-patient communication

(4 h)

■ Basic introduction: doctor-patient communication

(3 h)


■ Peer role-play (3 h)

■ Peer role-play (2.5 h)

■ Peer role-play (3 h)


■ Simulated patient role-play

(3 h)

■ Simulated patients role-play

(3 h)

■ Simulated patient role-play

(6 h)


■ Introduction to psycho-oncology & interview with a patient (3 h)

■ Writing case history reports in psychosomatics (4.5 h)


■ Risk communication

(3 h)

■ Risk communication

(1.5 h)


Case study presentations in a psychosomatic clinic (3.5 h) ■

Interview with a patient from a psychosomatic clinic ■

(17.5 h)


Hausberg et al. BMC Medical Education 2012 12:16   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-16

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