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New Emphasis on Doctor-Patient Relations

Starting next fall, all graduating medical students in the United States will have to pass a new exam in order to become licensed to practice medicine. More than a decade in the making, the new test measures clinical skills. But as Madge Kaplan of member station WGBH in Boston reports, it also attempts to gauge how well doctors communicate with patients.

Many first-year medical students are now required to take courses on what is commonly called bedside manner. Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston is one of a dozen schools pushing the new training. It's estimated that 75 percent of all U.S. med schools will gradually follow the lead.

Tufts professor Dr. Jody Schindelheim teaches a course called Interviewing and the Doctor/Patient Relationship. Hear an excerpt from his lecture on interviewing a hospital patient for the first time.

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