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Use of actors in teaching consultation skills

Jennifer Mills
Murdoch University
An actor and her dog were used in one practical session to assist in teaching consultation skills to a small group of final year veterinary students. The exercises were roughly scripted to involve a variety of interactions, including difficult and emotional situations, explanations, emergencies, etc. Many of these situations had been rehearsed previously in peer role plays. Students were given personalised feedback from the actor using a standard evaluation form. The session was conducted in a consultation room with video facilities. Not all students were filmed, at their request. Evaluation of the exercise by the students will be discussed and cost effectiveness considered.
Author: Jennifer Mills, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology, Veterinary School, Murdoch University. mills@numbat.murdoch.edu.au

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Mills, J. (2002). Use of actors in teaching consultation skills. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/mills-abs.html

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