Welcome to a new SAAHE initiative where we have conversations with people doing interesting work in health professions education. In this conversation, I talk to Elize Archer, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Stellenbosch. Elize conducted her research on patient-centred approaches to clinical practice among medical students. In our conversation, we discuss different aspects of patient-centred practice, how to think about developing this mindset in students, and some of the challenges to its implementation.
You can read more about Elize’s work here: Archer, E. & van Heerden, B. (2016). Undergraduate medical students’ attitudes towards patient-centredness: a longitudinal study. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2017.000161.
We hope that this is the first of many such conversations and your comments and feedback are welcome. In particular, we’d love to hear your suggestions about PhD and group research projects that have the potential to change practice. If you know of anyone doing work that you think would be valuable to be shared more widely, please do let us know. I apologise for the audio quality at times during the recording. This is something that we’ll work on improving in the future. The conversation is just short of 50 minutes. I hope that you enjoy it.