Departmental Bulletin Paper Working with International Simulated Patients to Improve Clinical English Training

Saito, Mari  ,  Nealy, Marcellus

67 ( 4 )  , pp.551 - 556 , 2017-03-30 , 横浜市立大学医学会
Currently there is a push across Japan for better English training in medical universities. However, English language education in Japan remains notoriously ineffective. Japan was encouraged by the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to establish a more internationally acceptable system of medical training in order to meet global standards. This study sets out to answer the question of whether or not the use of international simulated patients (ISP) in clinical English training can improve learning outcomes in students and better help Japan's medical universities meet these global standards. The notion of using ISP in clinical English training is based on David Kolb's Experiential Learning theory. In order to observe the impact of ISP on medical professionals interested in improving their English clinical communication skills, a four-part workshop entitled Experiential English for Medical Professionals was held at Yokohama City University Medical Center from June 2014 to March 2015. The total number of participants for the four workshops was 46. Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their attitudes towards their experience in the workshops. The results indicated a high participant satisfaction rate. These initial findings, which were collected from the questionnaire and feedback sessions during the workshops, point to the fact that a larger study is warranted and may be beneficial in contributing to the scholarly investigation of whether or not this type of learning should become common place in Japanese medical schools and institutions.

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