The curriculum at the Ben-Gurion University School of Medicine (BGUNMS) includes an early clinical exposure (ECE) programme beginning in the first week of study. A multidisciplinary approach exposes the students to patients at various stages of the life cycle. The medical interview, interpersonal skills and professional conduct are taught at a time when the students can readily focus on these issues. As a part of a comprehensive curriculum evaluation graduates were asked to evaluate the contribution of the ECE to their development as physicians. A questionnaire was sent to three graduating classes. Seventy-five per cent of available graduates (65 graduates) responded. Sixty-seven per cent of the respondents felt that the programme had contributed significantly to their development as physicians. Primary care physicians and senior physicians were more positive towards the programmes than others. Although it is difficult to assess objectively the contribution of ECE, this study suggests that ECE has a lasting effect on the approach to the patient interpersonal skills and increasing empathy.
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|Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
|Published - 1 Jan 1997
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