Importance of incorporating teaching of feedback skills into medical curricula
Silvia Allikmets,1 Jasper Vink2
1King’s College London School of Medicine, 2Imperial College London School of Medicine, London, UK
In the study by Burgess and Mellis,1 the importance of feedback in the learning process of the medical students has been discussed. The teaching of the medical students carries immense significance throughout their clinical career. At university, students learn skills that are embedded into their attitudes and behaviors for many years to come. Furthermore, these skills, in effect, become second nature to them, making them harder to adapt later. Therefore, it is important to equip students with the correct feedback skills and techniques early in their education. We agree with the conclusions drawn by Burgess and Mellis1 that feedback is crucial for learning and that the teaching of feedback skills should be a core component of medical education programs. However, despite their crucial significance, we believe that feedback skills are not adequately taught and practiced in medical schools.
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