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Dr. Steve J. Angyalfi, Radiation Oncologist

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2008/02/05 - 4:33pm.

Teaching Awards

Great teachers involve their students meaningfully in the course. How do you engage your students?

I have been a small group preceptor in the Communications course for first year medical students since 2000, and it's one of my most enjoyable teaching experiences. There's great satisfaction in watching students progress from having virtually no understanding of the medical history to being organized, logical, and engaging interviewers, in a total span of only 15 weeks! Since these students are very early in their first year, I engage them first and foremost by encouraging them to get comfortable with "standardized patients" (actors), and with watching themselves and their classmates on videotape, as this is the first of several similar learning modules. They are reassured that by active participation, by learning from the successes and mistakes of themselves and their peers, and by having fun, they are sure to pass the course with flying colors.

I use my previous experience with many of the case scenarios to highlight key learning issues. As students become more adept and confident with the medical history, techniques are discussed to make it even better the next time around. All students are required to give feedback after each interview session in a manner that's constructive, fair and honest, but never negative or derogatory. I also try to emphasize the ongoing importance of good communication skills by giving relevant case examples from my own experience as an oncologist.