Dahm, MR and Yates, L and Ogden, K and Rooney, K and Sheldon, B, Enhancing international medical graduates' communication: the contribution of applied linguistics, Medical Education, 49, (8) pp. 828-837. ISSN 0308-0110 (2015) [Refereed Article]
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Objectives: This interdisciplinary study combines perspectives from applied linguistics experts and clinical educators to address IMGs' difficulties from multiple dimensions and to enhance feedback quality.
Methods: Five video-recorded patient encounters with five IMGs were collected at Launceston General Hospital. Three clinical educators gave quantitative and qualitative feedback using the Rating Instrument for Clinical Consulting Skills, and two applied linguistics experts analysed the data for language, pragmatic and communication difficulties. The comparison of the educators' language-related feedback with linguistic analyses of the same interactions facilitated the exploration of differences in the difficulties identified by the two expert groups.Results: Although the clinical educators were able to use their tacit intuitive understanding of communication issues to identify IMG difficulties, they less frequently addressed the underlying issues or suggested specific remedies in their feedback.
Conclusions: This pilot study illustrates the effectiveness of interdisciplinary collaboration in highlighting the specific discourse features contributing to IMG communication difficulties and thus assists educators in deconstructing their intuitive knowledge. The authors suggest that linguistic insights can therefore improve communications training by assisting educators to provide more targeted feedback.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||applied linguistics, international medical graduates, education|
|Research Division:||Language, Communication and Culture|
|Research Field:||Linguistics not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Teaching and Instruction|
|Objective Field:||Teacher and Instructor Development|
|UTAS Author:||Ogden, K (Dr Kathryn Ogden)|
|UTAS Author:||Rooney, K (Associate Professor Kim Rooney)|
|UTAS Author:||Sheldon, B (Dr Brooke Sheldon)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||10|
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