Does Your Surgeon Know How to Communicate?

Surgeons are busy in medical school, during residency and throughout their education.  They have a very skilled trade that they need to learn. However, did your surgeon’s education include instruction on effective communication? Does it matter?

A study published in the August 2011 Archives of Surgery found surgical residents can be taught how to better communicate with patients about specific conditions, but cannot be taught more general communication skills such as empathy.

Patients, and their families, are often looking to surgeons for advice on the some of the biggest decisions they will ever make.  Good communication may not only be more pleasant for patients and their families, but may also help them make better informed decisions that they will not regret in the future.