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Communication in Medicine

Updated: 5 days ago

Communication is a crucial component in helping others to understand their situations and various medical conditions. A Gallup analysis of data collected by the US Department of Education shows us that the majority of Americans read at or below a sixth grade level, but much of medical literature and vocabulary is far above that level.

While this problem is still being addressed by the medical community, we, as students, can make an impact by learning to communicate medical concepts in an understandable and streamlined manner. We can do this by synthesizing the information we present orally in school and write in papers. This practice will allow us to better communicate with our patients and communities as a whole, setting us up for a career in care that is truly patient centered.

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