The Fort Worth Star-Telegram got a sit-down interview with the new dean of TCU and UNT Health Science Center’s Fort Worth MD school, who vowed to infuse digital elements into the curriculum that will help free up doctors to spend more time with patients and make the care they provide more convenient.
Dr. Stuart Flynn was hired in March and comes to North Texas from his post as the founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The crux of his chat with the Fort Worth daily is that the school will help prepare the next generation of practitioners to communicate better with the patient and make it easier for them to understand what ails them. He expressed a desire to shift the more “traditional” elements of a doctor’s visit to the internet, freeing the physician from staring at a laptop or a tablet while the patient is in the office.
Here’s the money quote:
“Our ability to communicate with patients, I’m not sure it’s ever been great but I think it’s not good right now. You sit at a keyboard, and when you’re talking I’m clicking away on a keyboard. We rarely look up and make eye contact with you.”
Flynn also discusses his time in Arizona. Head here to read the whole thing.