Simulation-based medical English learning model – bridging the gap between medical practice and university classroom

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    To study: 1. If throughout the delivery of study courses “English for Dentistry” to students of Faculty of Dentistry, “Medical Terminology in English” to students of Faculty of Medicine, “English for Rehabilitation” to Occupational Therapy students at RSU they develop linguistic competence with professional terminology application.2. Students’ satisfaction level with the study courses being delivered. Data were collected during the period of academic years from 2015/16 till 2019/20 at RSU from Faculty of Dentistry 1-st year students, Faculty of Medicine 2-nd year students and from Faculty of Rehabilitation 2-nd year students taking part in a cross-sectional study. Dental students being involved in a project “Dentist-Patient Interview”, Medical students involved in a project “Doctor-Doctor Interview” with patient care manikins application, and Occupational Therapy students involved in a project “Occupational Therapist-Patient Interview” with an authentic speaker as a patient, demonstrated their ability to communicate in English with meaningful application of professional terminology and relevant attitude to the patient. Students report simulation to be challenging and alongside inspiring learning model that builds confidence within students to operate the language in a professional way and acquire occupation-specific skills. Simulation-based learning embedded in course structure builds synergy between language acquisition and professional competence, i.e. tangible value added for students and academia, thus enhancing students’ satisfaction level with the course under delivery. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients is important in delivering high-quality care this way improving patients’ outcomes. From educational perspective, simulation-based learning enables students demonstrate their communicative competence interacting in English within an environment that is very close to their professional environment and motivates them to acquire professional terminology for productive use. Simulation-based learning is the way not only to develop students’ linguistic competence but their professional attitude to the patient, thus enriching their knowledge and minimising risk to the patient.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
    EventRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning - Rīga, Latvia
    Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021


    ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: University Teaching and Learning
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    Field of Science*

    • 5.3 Educational sciences

    Publication Type*

    • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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