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Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges: April 1990

AbstractThe purpose of this study was to develop a behavioral approach for assessing interpersonal skills of surgeons. Ten Brown University surgery faculty were videotaped (July 87-June 88) in an outpatient setting with an actress portraying a patient with gallbladder disease. Each surgeon's taped behavior was scored at three time intervals by two behavioral scientists using the BUISE method, an interpersonal rating scale for surgeons developed by the authors, and independently scored by a third independent researcher using the Stillman scale. The correlation results demonstrated that the quality of communication competency of these surgeons varied during the three time intervals in which their behavior was evaluated. The Brown University Interpersonal Skill Evaluation (BUISE) instrument was found to be sensitive to the variation of a surgeons' interpersonal skill throughout an entire interview, whereas the Stillman scale correlated with the surgeons' behavior at the end of the interview only. Acad. Med. 65(1990):274–276.

Dr. Burchard is associate professor of surgery, Department of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire; at the time of this study he was associate professor of surgery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and director, surgical intensive care unit, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. Dr. Rowland-Morin is assistant professor of speech communications, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and clinical instructor, Brown University Program in Medicine.

Correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Rowland-Morin, Department of Surgical Research, NAB 214 Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903.

The research for the present study was funded in part by a grant (SP-F188) from the National Fund for Medical Education.

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