By Anne-Hélène Le Cornec – Ubertini, University of Brest, France.
Talking about simulation in medical studies automatically initiates the idea of technical simulations, of training on mannequins, but they can also refer to simulations of medical consultations. At the University of Brest, simulations for 4th year medical students are role-plays, played by students, which feature a doctor, a patient and a caregiver. As an extension of “person-centered medicine”, these skits emphasize the importance of communication in the relationship between the doctor, his patient, and those around him. The exercise makes it possible to bring out gaps in the training of students and work reflexes acquired during their studies, which may adversely affect the well-being of both doctor and patient.