Don’t focus only on clinical skills, work also on your soft skills.


Topic Area

Medical Education

A patient-centered medicine needs residents not only trained on clinical skills. Residents need to be trained also in soft skills such as communication, relationship and problem solving. Focused training on patients-centered communication and evaluation of the language used should be implemented. A special focus should be given to gender, culture and religion differences in communication.


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