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Your resource for teaching, learning, and assessing communication skills in health care education.

DocCom is now Health Care Communication!

Why the name change?

DocCom launched in 2005 as a learning tool for medical students and residents to help improve clinician-patient communication skills. Today, we expand on this original concept with the launch of our new platform with improved navigation, a comprehensive Learning Management System, and a focus on communication skills that are important to health care programs and providers. Many of our modules are the same as your previous experience, but with a new interface for easier navigation. In addition, we are revising over 12 modules to reflect our new vision -- these will be launched soon. Every year, we revise one third of our modules.

Who uses Health Care Communication?

Over 300 institutions have used Healthcare Communications
Formerly DocCom
Over 100K
total users
Modules used in medical education, redisendcies, libraries and for remediation.
Over 700 unscripted, realistic videos

Free modules: Take a look inside

Antiracism in Healthcare

Delivering Bad News

Effective Clinical Teaching
Initiating Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Managing Chronic Pain: Non-Pharmacological Approaches

The Clinical Assessment of Substance Use Disorders

What our subscribers have to say:

"We have used the modules at Stanford for years in our educating medical students and have found many of them very helpful. They have helped us make engaging interactive sessions that have been well received by our students and faculty preceptors"
Lars Osterberg, MD, MPH; Associate Professor (Teaching) of Medicine; Stanford University
"At the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, one of our most helpful tools for teaching medical communication skills has been the modules. Our school was the only one among the 21 osteopathic schools to have 100% pass rate on the Humanistic Domain of the COMLEX. We attribute this to our Communication Skills program, an important feature of which has been the modules."
Gretchen Lovett, PhD; Associate Professor; West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
"We use DocCom in small groups of 10 medical students. We watch the videos and utilize the questions to provoke dialogue and guided practice in a safe environment. I really appreciate the practical approach to difficult-to-teach conversation skills. It makes learning these skills an enjoyable, interactive experience. I highly recommend this tool!"
Lisa Watts, DO; Regional Director of Medical Education; A.T. Still University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
"Our instructors absolutely love the modules. They mainly use it for remediation purposes. Students have gotten a lot out of the modules. We’re thankful to have such a great resource at our disposal."
Amanda Worthington, MLS, Library Specialist, Medical Education Media Center; UMKC School of Medicine
"The modules definitely contribute to our communication skills teaching. The format and layout stimulate knowledge gains and motivate skills acquisition through annotated video demonstrations. Interactive discussion questions, and MCQ assessments encourage engagement in learning and document progress towards competence."
Yvonne Murphy, MD; MacNeal Family Medicine Residency, Chicago
"One resident told me she literally 'replayed' the words used in the video and couldn't believe what transpired. She reorganized the conversation toward partnership and said, 'Wow, this stuff really works!' It was very rewarding."
Beth Lown, MD; Harvard Medical School
"The modules are a great resource—during the debriefing of sexual history taking with a Patient Instructor, one student commented that he felt ready for this experience after completing the module. He also admitted to modeling his interaction with the patient from the good video examples within the curriculum."
Kris Healy, MPH, PA-C; Associate Director - Physician Assistant Program, Assistant Professor - Medical Education; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
"These modules are a phenomenal resource for both young and old physicians who want to learn how to be more effective communicators with their patients."
James Binder, MD; Professor of Pediatrics, Cabin Creek Health System, West Virginia
"If I did not have the proper training in smoking cessation, I probably would not have had the impact I did on this patient.”
K.M., Drexel University College of Medicine 3rd year student
"The modules helped me recognize the best time to show empathy. Although they reaffirmed things I already knew, the videos helped me practice exactly when to say certain things."
Second Year Medical Student; Chicago Medical School