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English Conversation in Hospital Part I

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Edward Williams

on 4 October 2012

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Introduction English Conversation in Hospital Part I Captian Edward Williams PA-C About Me I am Captian Edward Williams a Physician Assistant in the United States Army I have been in the Army for over 21 years and joined the Army as a medic After serving 10 years as a medic I later became a Physician Assistant in 2003 About Me About Me About Me I am married with 2 adult children Effective communication is important in any situation, but it is never more important than when dealing with a persons health The importance of English as a global language is more emphasized than ever as it is the most sought after language in the world for medical doctors; a good command of English is considered a prerequisite in order to be competent in the medical profession Introduction Medical schools in Korea place an emphasis on English as an important part of the curriculum since their studies involve extensive amounts of English textbook reading and medical professionals need to write papers in English Introduction This class will review some basics in effective communication in English in the hospital setting. We will examine examples of poor written and spoken communication in the hospital as well as watch a video from a popular American TV show that illustrates effective and humorous communication Later we will have an individual practice session on speaking English in a hospital setting then discuss your results as a group Introduction Introduction Examples of poor written medical communication “unresponsive and in no distress” “irregular heart failure” “I don’t want to be incubated again” “pt was apprehended and guarded” “pulses are fixed and dilated” Indication for CXR – “coffee bean emesis” “Findings compatible with ileus. Bladder is still in colon” “fireballs in the uterus” Nursing notes in the ICU – “MD @ bedside attempted to urinate” “pt expired and was discharged home” Example of poor verbal communication Example of good verbal communication Conclusion Good communication in the hospital setting begins with caring. As you can see in the videos it is the true concern for the patient that helps to improve communication Also the dedication to master the English language to improve your own professional development will contribute to a better overall experience for your English speaking patients as well as peers Questions?
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