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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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FERNANDEZ ORTEGA, Miguel Ángel; HERNANDEZ TORRES, Isaías; URBINA MENDEZ, Ricardo  and  HERNANDEZ VARGAS, Clara Ivette. Analysis of video recording as an educational strategy in the family medicine specialty in Mexico. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.4, pp.668-681. ISSN 0864-2125.

Objective: to increase the acquisition of professional competences in those family medicine students who are mostly located in academic institutions and are difficult to be supervised and advised, due to distance, geographic location and work shifts. Methods: a group of experts made up of nine professors including three family medicine specialists, two family therapists, a family counseling specialist, a medical education professor, a psychiatrist and a psychologist was created. The mission of this group was to develop a pilot instrument that allows observing the professional practice of the physicians through videos. Finally, five dimensions were chosen to be assessed: 1- personal and professional image, 2- the physician's office image, 3- verbal and non-verbal communication, 4-Clinical practice and 5-Family approach. All these assessed dimensions were described in the paper. Results: a valuable tool for the teaching/learning process was obtained. It allowed improving the abilities and dexterities of the physician in dealing with the patient and the family, as well as the possibilities of the professor for giving advice to the student in terms of development of clinical abilities and individual attitudes in the daily medical work. Conclusions: the tool described in this paper is an educational strategy aimed at increasing the capacities of the family physicians to provide better care to their patients and families.

Keywords : self-image workshop; video recording; professional competencies; educational program; family medicine education.

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