PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- According to American International Medical University
, medical students often feel a sense of anxiety throughout a majority of their program. It is understandable for someone to be nervous when they are tasked with inspecting another human being's health. Most students are unable to overcome this anxiety, even when they work in hands-on clinical programs. Traditionally, students would often rely on practicing medical exams on volunteers placed under an anesthetic. However, one school has decided to change this method and revolutionize the medical student clinical procedure.
American International Medical University points to an article in News Observer that reflects upon an effort by the University of Washington. At this school, clinics are starting to incorporate "model patients" into their medical patients' programs. Volunteers will now be offered minor procedures and check-ups while they are still conscious. While this may seem slightly intimidating at first, this practice has shown incredible results since its recent introduction.
Medical professionals have indicated that a patient who is conscious is much more beneficial for training than someone who is anesthetized. Results show that tension and anxiety are eased when the medical student can interact with their patient. They can converse and make small-talk, lightening the mood and establishing a rapport between student and patient. The student can also receive feedback from the patient while they are conducting an exam, learning whether they are feeling uncomfortable or are hurting.
This whole practice revolves around developing a good bedside manner for medical students. In previous years, colleges would send their students directly from the classroom into the medical field with little interactive experience. Predecessors of the medical programs assumed that students would be able to learn as they go through the healthcare industry. Nowadays, professionals have realized that communication is a skill that can be taught through exposure, just like surgery.
The University of Washington pioneered the model patient practice in their pelvic exam clinics. This procedure was chosen because of the many factors that can be taught to medical students.
Pelvic exams are often invasive and, depending on a woman's cultural or personal beliefs, it can be awkward or uncomfortable to discuss sexual health. Therefore, medical professionals are teaching their students how to properly communicate in a way that produces the most comfortable situation.
American International Medical University states that model patient programs allow the students to receive proper feedback. Model patients are people who are not abashed or shy about indicating whether they feel uncomfortable or pained during a procedure. A standard patient will often restrain themselves from saying anything, making it difficult for the student to understand whether or not they are doing a good job.
"This is a great idea that should be incorporated in more medical schools. Model patients take interactive teaching one step further. Teachers cannot properly tell a student how to communicate with a patient. The most effective way is to show them and let them physically interact with a model patient," says an associate from American International Medical University.
American International Medical University is a school located in St. Lucia, in the Caribbean. Students can come to this school to train for degrees in medicine or nursing. The university is accredited by the ECFMG USA, FAIMER, WHO, and Saint Lucia's Ministry of Health. American International Medical University's programs are designed to provide top quality education in various aspects of the healthcare field. Students are instructed on a variety of health practices such as patient diagnoses, operating room etiquette, medical terminology, psychological effects and much more.