COMPASS| Training Doctors To Communicate: Lessons From Integrating Behavioral and Social Science into Medical Education

Jillian Kwong


Although recent efforts to address behavioral and social science (BSS) gaps within U.S. medical education are well-intentioned, crucial shortcomings plague the successful translation and application of BSS skills into meaningful practice. This article focuses on the role of BSS reforms in medicine and the need for more accurate and relevant assessment measures throughout medical training and licensure. The goal of this article is to encourage communication and other BSS fields to think about and contribute to the development, critique, and improvement of medical training and assessment standards in the United States.


medical education, behavioral and social science, curricula, licensing, doctor–patient communication, communication skills training

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