Pilot Study of Small Animal Rotating Intern Telephone Communication Training Using Simulated Referring Veterinarians
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Proficiency in client communications is now widely accepted as a significant requirement of veterinary student education, with numerous training systems in use and documentation of outcomes required for academic accreditation. Little information is available concerning communication training for veterinary house officers (interns and residents), despite the large number of new graduates who enter such programs seeking further training and mentorship. The majority of student communication training focuses on face-to-face interactions with clients and development of core communication skills. By contrast, veterinary house officers in specialty hospitals frequently communicate about cases with practitioner colleagues by telephone, to assess emergent and urgent referrals and follow up on shared cases. Successful telephone communication with these colleagues is a valuable skill to cultivate in novice interns. In this pilot study, self-reported veterinary intern confidence with communication skills improved after a telephone-based simulated referring veterinarian (RDVM) communications training experience. The use of simulated RDVMs, and telephone-based training, shows promise for incorporation into future training experiences of veterinarians at this level.
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Tayce, J. D., Coe, J. B., & Creevy, K. E.