Effects of a 12-Month Educational Intervention on Clinicians’ Attitudes/Practices Regarding the Screening Spiritual History

Objectives: Patients’ spiritual values, beliefs, and preferences are identified in outpatient medical settings by the taking of a screening spiritual history (SSH). We report the impact of an educational/training program on the attitudes/practices of physicians (MDs) and midlevel practitioners (MLPs). Methods: A convenience sample of 1082 MDs...

Commentary on “Effects of a 12-Month Educational Intervention on Clinicians’ Attitudes/Practices Regarding the Screening Spiritual History”

The interventional study by Koenig and colleagues charts the change in physician habits and perceived importance of taking a screening spiritual history (SSH) for patients.1 Two important findings bear further attention. First, physicians who “always/often” took an SSH increased from 17% to 35%, and, second, exposure to SSH training during...

Initial Experience of a Primary Urgent Care Clinic Curriculum and Subspecialty Lectureship Series Implementation in a Los Angeles County Hospital

Objectives: Urgent care clinics are extremely busy in the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) County hospital system. We determined that residents and medical students in the internal medicine residency program who are rotating through these clinics did not receive enough teaching during their rotation. We decided to create and implement...

Development of a Flipped Medical School Dermatology Module

Objectives: The flipped classroom module incorporates independent study in advance of in-class instructional sessions. It is unproven whether this methodology is effective within a medical school second-year organ system module. We report the development, implementation, and effectiveness of the flipped classroom methodology in a second-year...

Nurturing Competence and Compassion in Future Physicians

The stories at the low-income clinic that day were even more gut-wrenching, the usual shocking pathology was perhaps more obscure. Yet, the premedical school student who was translating for the non–Spanish-speaking clinicians seemed unmoved and disinterested. Although he did his job efficiently, he had no questions for the attending physician....