Method: The participants were IMGs and researchers. Instructors specialized in teaching accent reduction and clinical-skills evaluation director were recruited for the training and research program. A key focus of the training was speech modification with accent reduction. The course included 8-12 weekly classes of 90-120 minutes duration. Our study assessed the efficacy of the program and included three components: a pre and post course self-evaluation by the participants, a pre and post audio-tape assessment by the course instructor and a pre and post videotape assessment by two independent observers from the Clinical Skills Evaluation Center.
Result: Analysis of results from the first 82 participants completing the program indicates that at the end of the training, the participants noted improvement in their ability to be clearly understood. There was improvement in their ability to pronounce words distinctly, stress words or syllables more accurately and use body language/facial expressions appropriately. The assessment by independent observers and instructors revealed similar findings. Together, these results suggest that programs directed at improving the communication skills of non-native English speakers can be successful through appropriate and focused training.
Conclusion: The American English program for International medical graduates and researchers significantly improves verbal and body-language communication skills.
Keywords: Assessment, Education research, Health services research, Learning and Teaching
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