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The Companion Teaching Supplement for Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method is designed to facilitate instruction of learners at all levels. For example, it offers useful suggestions for how to teach the material presented in Chapters 1 to 3 of this book (The Beginning of the Interview: Patient-Centered Interviewing) to beginning students in various medicine/ nursing disciplines—in 10 sessions, each with a 1-hour lecture/demonstration followed by a 2-hour skills-oriented small group experience. The Teaching Supplement also describes how to teach the material in Chapters 4 and 5 (The Middle of the Interview: Clinician-Centered Interviewing) over six additional sessions. This includes recommendations for teaching how to summarize and present the entire interview, outlined in Chapter 9. However, clinician-centered interviewing can be taught in the second semester or year rather than in one course as presented in the Supplement. Further, the new Chapter 10 can guide teaching in how best to use the electronic health record.

The Instructor’s Teaching Supplement is available at no additional cost from McGraw-Hill at

We have also developed Companion Teaching Videos that are available at no additional cost from McGraw-Hill at These videos have proven invaluable for instruction in the entire interview. They provide nonrehearsed and nonscripted demonstrations by authors Robert C. Smith and Auguste H. Fortin VI, demonstrating all requisite skills as well as all the steps and substeps in the patient- and clinician-centered components of the interview. The video demonstrations have been useful to review as learners progress through the teaching material, especially for those having difficulty or for those progressing into new, more challenging areas. Newly prepared for this addition, seven brief videotapes, conducted by medical residents to provide a realistic approximation of what new learners can do, demonstrate how to remain patient-centered in unique, sometimes difficult situations: new inpatient, follow-up outpatient, acutely ill patient, patient with a mental health disorder, how to interrupt, follow-up outpatient, and using the electronic health record.

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