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The Underrepresented in Medicine Journey to Academic Medicine Podcast

Episode 19: Cultivating Health Literacy Skills in Academic Medicine with Benjamin Franklin Simmons III, MD

Benjamin Franklin Simmons III, MD, discusses the importance of training learners to effectively communicate with their patients about their diagnosis and care plans. He discusses the power of the teach-back method and asking open-ended questions to facilitate health literacy and improve the quality of health care. Dr Simmons also addresses training learners to navigate the challenges of telemedicine and language barriers while instilling the importance of building rapport and trust with their patients.

Hosted by Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA and Omari Hodge, MD, FAAFP



What is the Meaning of Health Literacy? A Systematic Review and Qualitative Synthesis

Health Literacy and Public Health: A Systematic Review and Integration of Definitions and Models

Educating Future Healthcare Providers: Health Literacy Opportunities for Webside Manners

Health Literacy Professional Education and Training

The Impact of Teach-Back Method on Retention of Key Domains of Emergency Department Discharge Instructions

How Doctors Can Help Patients with Low Health Literacy

Health Literacy Resources on Inequities & for Non-English Speakers

“Medspeak” Can Shut Down Effective Communication with Patients 

Health Literacy: Implications for Family Medicine

Brief Questions to Identify Patients With Inadequate Health Literacy



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