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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1502-1503

Response to comments on: Development and introduction of a communication skills module for postgraduate students of ophthalmology


M and J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication25-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Purvi R Bhagat
Associate Professor, M and J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Ahmedabad - 380 016, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_410_20

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Bhagat PR, Prajapati KM, Bhatt RB, Prajapati VK, Dureja R, Tank GP. Response to comments on: Development and introduction of a communication skills module for postgraduate students of ophthalmology. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1502-3

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Bhagat PR, Prajapati KM, Bhatt RB, Prajapati VK, Dureja R, Tank GP. Response to comments on: Development and introduction of a communication skills module for postgraduate students of ophthalmology. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 14];68:1502-3. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/7/1502/287561



We would like to thank the writer(s) for the interest in the topic, intricately evaluating our article and the comments.[1]

We would like to share that communication skills (CS) training is yet not a global norm for undergraduate as well as postgraduate medical education programs.[2],[3],[4] Further, the CS trainings lack a formal structure with considerable variations in teaching methods as well as assessment.[4],[5]

We do agree that our results are based on the lower levels of Kirkpatrick's model of evaluation. In our own study, the students have expressed their concern that such one-time workshops may not lead to long-term behavioral changes, whereby the necessity of developing a longitudinal communication curriculum becomes evident, which ensures that students' communication competencies are firmly achieved at exit levels.[6],[7] Only very recently, the Medical Council of India has proposed a structured longitudinal program on attitude, ethics, and communication (AETCOM), right from the first professional year of medical training.[4]

Our module, designed for postgraduate students of ophthalmology, to be applicable to other fields and undergraduate students, may surely have to be customized.

Acknowledgment

  1. Dr. Tejinder Singh, Director and Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Co-Director, Christian Medical College, FAIMER Regional Institute, for their inspiration for this project
  2. Dr. Shashank Patel, Ex-Director, M and J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, for his support for the project
  3. Dr. Chetna Desai, Dr. Shaista Saiyed, and Dr. Parag Chavda for their involvement and guidance in the project
  4. FAIMER faculty, advisors, fellows 2017 and 2018 for their support and valuable suggestions
  5. My postgraduate students.


Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Melamed N, Bhatia V, Poole GO, Ben-David EI. Comments on: Development and introduction of a communication skills module for postgraduate students of ophthalmology. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1501-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Bhagat PR, Prajapati KM, Bhatt RB, Prajapati VK, Dureja R, Tank GP. Development and introduction of a communication skills module for postgraduate students of ophthalmology. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1810-5.  Back to cited text no. 6
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