A CERTIFIED COURSE IN ‘BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES IN MEDICINE’ by DR. GODFREY SEARS, PSYD, NPSYP, MPP
Success in medicine is as much about excelling in ‘people skills’ as it is about excelling in medical and surgical skills.
IMPROVE CLINICAL PRACTICE, BECOME THE BEST MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AND DELIVER HUMANISTIC CARE TO PATIENTS
- Prepare yourself for your career as a medical professional.
- This course is filling an important void that exists in most current medical schools’ curriculum.
- Medicine is firstly about people’s skills and secondly medical skills.
- A course which will distinguish you as an exceptional practitioner.
- Understanding your patient’s psychological needs is key to understanding the medical problem.
- Convert the difficult patient into one of your most loyal allies.
- Understand why affability always precedes ability as far as patients are concerned.
- Skills that most retiring practitioners wished they had when they entered clinical practice!
- Course reference: PREMED AD605-BSM
- Course description: Certified Behavioral Science in Medicine Course for all Medical Professionals -(qualified or students).
- Kindly note: Students who order the Behavioral Science in Medicine Course will be able to choose either the Online version – and will receive the course material link after ordering the course – OR students may order the course on CD-ROM – and 3 DVD’s.
- Credits: Earn 60 logged hours of extracurricular medical training.
- Accreditation: Recognized both nationally and internationally. The Apprentice Doctor® is a Fully-Accredited Member of the International Association for Distance Learning (IADL).
- Flexible starting date: There are no admission dates – you are free to start any day — all year round.
- Course duration: In keeping with the high-pressure medical environment, students must complete the course within 90 days (excluding shipping time- if applicable).
- Eligibility: Any practicing or aspiring medical professional who would like to ‘up’ their ‘people skills’. (High school students may apply – but should be at least in Grade 11 or 12).
- Assessment: Twenty multiple choice questions plus 2 clinical assignments for students, and 12 clinical assignments for qualified medical professionals. First complete course – then request the Assessment Module online link when ready. Minimum pass grade: 70%
- Certification: Students who pass the Assessment Module will receive an Apprentice Doctor® Behavioral Science in Medicine Course Certificate
COURSE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. MIND-BODY INTERACTIONS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE 2
MODULE 1. The Structure and Functions of Neurons 4
MODULE 2. The Structures and Functions of the Brain 12
MODULE 3. The Microbiology of Sleep 21
MODULE 4. The Genes and Biobehavioral Dispositions 26
2. PHYSICIAN ROLE AND BEHAVIOR 32
MODULE 1. The Physician and Medical Ethics and Legal Issues in Patient Care 34
MODULE 2. The Physician and Medical Encounter and Interview 40
MODULE 3. The Physician and Culture 48
MODULE 4. The Physician and Professionalism 54
3. PHYSICIAN-PATIENT INTERACTIONS 58
MODULE 1. Assessment of Patients 60
MODULE 2. Communication and Patients 65
MODULE 3. Empathy and Patients 70
MODULE 4. Decision Making and Patients 73
4. PATIENT BEHAVIOR 82
MODULE 1. The Patient and Stress and Illness 84
MODULE 2. The Patient and Addiction 91
MODULE 3. The Patient and Pain 101
MODULE 4. The Patient and Health Behavior Change 111
VIDEO LECTURES 116
IMAGE ATTRIBUTION 118
ABOUT DR. GODFREY SEARS 124
ON COMPLETING THIS COURSE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
- Understand the role played by behavioral factors in human health and disease and the way these factors can be modified.
- Understand that disease causation extends beyond biomedical approaches and achieve better intervention outcomes.
- Examine the factors that predict your well-being, the obstacles to achieving these goals, and develop personal wellness strategies.
- Recognize patient’s risky behaviors through appropriate interventions and understand how behaviors are acquired, maintained, and eliminated in the context of health risk.
- Develop communication skills, the ability to conduct assessment, express empathy, and enhance the doctor-patient relationship to build better therapeutic relationships with your patients and increase the likelihood that patients will follow your advice.
- Recognize, understand, and effectively respond to patients as individuals, not just their symptoms, thus delivering excellent humanistic care to patients.
- Use skills of patient-centered interviewing, analyze ethical and professional dilemmas and analyze the intricate relationship that cultural factors have with patient’s health.
- Understand the impact of stressors on illness and health in patients, the impact of addiction, and the impact of pain on patients.
- Identify key characteristics of difficult patient encounters, including personality types and stressful situations.
Your opportunity to enrich your knowledge while enhancing your career in medicine!
I have my ‘Behavioral Science in Medicine Course’ material – what now?
1. Work systematically through the Behavioral Science in Medicine Course material (online or DVD’s). The minimum time before ordering the assessment module is 6 weeks and the maximum time allowed is 3 months. Study the Course Material – the suggested minimum study time is 45 hours.
2. When well prepared you may request the unique link to your Online Behavioral Science in Medicine Course Assessment Module. The marks allocated by our examiners are final.
3. Successful candidates will receive a printable Apprentice Doctor® Certificate with an IADL stamp — per email — usually within 7 work days.
4. Continue building your medical school portfolio using the Future Medical Professionals Portfolio Manager! We offer a variety of other interesting courses.
Dr. Godfrey Sears (left): Behavioral Sciences expert (The author of the course)
Dr. Godfrey Sears in Washington DC (right) – as part of a prestigious group of neurologists
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