Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp 517–521

The use of videotape in internal medicine training

  • Howard B. Beckman
  • Richard M. Frankel

DOI: 10.1007/BF02599224

Cite this article as:
Beckman, H.B. & Frankel, R.M. J Gen Intern Med (1994) 9: 517. doi:10.1007/BF02599224


By paying attention to the power of the medium and the method of feedback, videotaping programs can be a remarkably successful teaching and research tool. Learners can view their performance, review feedback on their own behavior, knowledge, and displayed attitudes, and develop plans to change behavior that can be followed up on subsequent tapings. In addition, trainees can share important experiences with each other and valued teachers.

Interviewing skills can be documented and preserved, creating a video library that allows trainees to actually visualize improvements in their own performances over time. An archive of many such performances allows trainees, faculty, and researchers alike comparative access to the complex challenges of the medical interview.

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard B. Beckman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard M. Frankel
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Primary Care Internal MedicineHighland HospitalUSA
  2. 2.University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochester
  3. 3.Center for Human InteractionHighland HospitalUSA
  4. 4.University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochester

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