Training for the future: Introducing foundational skills necessary to promote patient-centered care practice in medical physics graduate programs

Laura Padilla, Dina T. Garcia, Anna Rodrigues, Megan Hyun

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Abstract

Current medical physics graduate training in the United States seldom explicitly includes education on foundational skills necessary to produce Patient-Centered Care (PCC)-focused healthcare providers. Such abilities include effective communication, critical reflection, and ethical decision-making. In this article, we present examples of curricula used to purposefully introduce these skills into graduate training to fill this gap. Presented didactic activities include an introduction to patient communication, ethics in medical physics, and a primer in health disparities for medical physicists. Although development of new curricula is resource-intensive when left to individual programs, we here propose resource-sharing and interprofessional collaboration to overcome these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalTechnical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology
Volume24
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Critical reflection
  • Effective communication
  • Ethics
  • Graduate education
  • Medical physics
  • Patient-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning

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