Journal article

Modelling the lay expert for first-year medical students: the actor-patient as teacher.

Debra Nestel, Elizabeth Muir, Marilyn Plant, Jane Kidd, Sue Thurlow

Med Teach | Published : 2002


Actors are widely used in medical education as simulated patients. In this session, the role of actors was extended to 'simulated students' and facilitators in an introductory communication session. After an initial activity with the entire cohort of first-year students, groups of 20 students worked with either an actor or medical teacher in three activities. The activities aimed to raise students' awareness of the range of communication challenges in medical education and practice. After the session, students completed evaluation forms based on their experiences in the session. The results revealed no difference between students who were facilitated by actors or medical teachers in relation..

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