Implementing and evaluating a patient instructor program.

H. L. Broder, C. A. Feldman, R. A. Saporito, N. Stilwell

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A Patient Instructor (PI) program designed to improve students' data-gathering and interpersonal skills is evaluated. Each student in two consecutive classes of third-year students (class of 1996, n = 60; class of 1997, n = 72) interviewed four patient instructors (PIs) during a three-hour rotation. Each PI portrayed one of six scenarios. PIs assessed students using content checklists and an abbreviated Arizona Clinical Interview Rating Scale (ACIR). After the interview, each PI gave student constructive feedback regarding interpersonal behavior and ability to identify salient content items from the patient's history. Significant improvement was observed on content checklists (p < 0.01) between the first and second rounds. Significant improvement was also noted on the ACIR (p < 0.01) between rounds one, two and three. The results indicate that data-gathering and interpersonal skills can be enhanced by using patient instructors. Student evaluation of the program was positive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)755-762
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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