Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Preparing students to communicate effectively with patients from diverse populations, their families, and other healthcare providers.

  • Demonstrated by:
    • emphasis in the psychosocial medicine and health history & physical diagnosis courses on the diverse cultural, ethical, and psychosocial issues that affect the medical interview and evolving clinician-patient relationship
    • continuous assessment of students throughout the curriculum in communication and physical exam skills with simulated experiences
    • completion of chronic disease modules where students engage in the ongoing management of a patient’s chronic diseases amid the context of the cultural and socioeconomic issues the patient will experience   
    • Pace’s presence within the cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of New York City and the surrounding tristate area during clerkship experiences 
    • Graduate survey response to receiving interpersonal and communication skills for effective information exchange with patients, families and professional associates
      • 99% of graduates agreed**

Data obtained from:
*National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
**Program Graduate Survey Responses over the past 3 years
***Program Student Preceptor Evaluations over the past 3 years