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Competency in medical history taking—the training physicians’ view

SummaryBackgroundBecause effective communication skills are crucial for every physician, this study evaluated students’ competence to take a sufficient medical history. This ability was measured via reports from the students’ supervising and training physicians.MethodsA total of 24 physicians from several different departments were interviewed‚ and a stratification of medical...

Does medical students’ personality have an impact on their intention to show empathic behavior?

Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between specific personal traits and empathy. However, it is not clear if persons with certain personality traits lack the intent to show empathic behavior or if other factors independent of their intent are affecting their empathic behavior. To answer this question, we asked 132 medical students to fill out questionnaires...

Can we still stop the migration of physicians from Austria?

The increasing emigration of graduates of the Medical University of Vienna presents a serious problem. This study examined students’ evaluation of clinical rotations, their self-rated performance, and where they felt the most deficits exist. Medical students answered an online questionnaire surveying the following aspects: an evaluation of their internship; supervision...

Significance of gender in the attitude towards doctor-patient communication in medical students and physicians

SummaryBackgroundGender-specific differences in the attitudes towards doctor-patient communication among medical students and physicians were assessed.MethodsA total of 150 medical students and 51 physicians from different departments took part in the study. The association, attitude and experiences regarding doctor-patient communication were assessed with a series of tools and...

Pre-Transplant Plasma Torque Teno Virus Load and Increase Dynamics after Lung Transplantation

Background The human Torque Teno virus (TTV) causes persistent viremia in most immunocompetent individuals. Elevated TTV levels are observed after solid organ transplantation and are related to the extent of immunosuppression especially during the phase of maintenance immunosuppression. However, the extent to which the TTV increase in the early phase post-transplantation is...