The medical interview: a core curriculum for residencies in internal medicine

Ann Intern Med. 1984 Feb;100(2):277-84. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-277.


A core curriculum for teaching medical interviewing is presented that enhances the internist's skills in a broad range of interactions with patients. Learning these skills is now left to chance and is often deficient. Four objectives are developed: patient-centered interviewing and treatment; an integrated (biopsychosocial) approach to clinical reasoning and patient care; personal development of humanistic values; and psychosocial and psychiatric medicine. Teaching options include real and simulated encounters with patients, observation with discussion, and use of groups. A general strategy for implementing the curriculum at the local level requires the intellectual and financial support of the dean and department chairman, and a multidisciplinary faculty committed to developing, implementing, and evaluating the curriculum. At many programs, faculty development will be necessary.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education*
  • Internal Medicine / methods
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Medical History Taking
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Teaching / methods