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12th Graz Conference – Quality of Teaching

18.09. - 20.09.2008 in Graz, Österreich

Communicative and social competence - from theory to praxis


  • corresponding author Claudia Kiessling - Universität Basel, Medizinische Fakultät, Studiendekanat, Basel, Schweiz
  • author Katharina Roch - Medizinische Universität Wien, Zentrum für Public Health, Wien, Österreich
  • author Angela Trubrich - Medizinische Universität Wien, Zentrum für Public Health, Wien, Österreich
  • author Oskar Frischenschlager - Medizinische Universität Wien, Medizinische Psychologie, Wien, Österreich

12. Grazer Konferenz - Qualität der Lehre: Skills and Attitudes. Graz, Österreich, 18.-20.09.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc08grako07

doi: 10.3205/08grako07, urn:nbn:de:0183-08grako072

Received: January 15, 2009
Revised: February 5, 2009
Accepted: February 18, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

© 2009 Kiessling et al.
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Planning and implementing a communication skills curriculum in medical education start with the definition of theoretical backgrounds, competencies, and educational objectives students have to achieve during their course of study. Outcomes and objectives are the foundation for a blueprint for teaching and learning tools, assessment, and evaluation. The workshop gives the opportunity to discuss the Basel Consensus Statement "communicative and social competencies in medical education", existing blueprints, didactic methods, and assessment tools. The participants will develop a first draft of a communication skills curriculum and explore the relevance for their own teaching and learning environment. Additionally, first results of a cross sectional study will be presented on how communication skills are presently trained and assessed in the German speaking countries.