Background: Communication is integral to the practice of medicine. Both EDPEC & HCAHPS ask patients to rate their physicians' skills of communication. Various models of communication training have been introduced at different medical schools. Our approach, rooted in acting and theater exercises, introduces a novel way of expanding learning out of the traditional classroom model and provides a venue for hands-on training in many key ACGME competencies centered around communication and interpersonal skills.
Objective: Describe our curriculum of 3 workshops, exercises included, objectives fulfilled at our med school, and student impressions and feedback.
-Conduct a sample acting exercise for SAEM participants geared to practicing skills essential to the practice of Emergency Medicine.
-Provide opportunities for continued education & training.
-Discuss challenges to implementation at our home institution & provide advice to get "buy-in" from colleagues interested in this initiative.
-Summarize our research findings so far.
Method : -Our series of 3 workshops has been offered both as part of the pre-clinical curriculum for med students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville and as voluntary workshops for interested students.
-We are also conducting workshops for Clemson nursing students this Winter and Spring. We are in talks to offer the same to OBGYN and EM residents.
-Workshops are comprised of ACGME-linked exercises based in acting & theater.
Outcomes : 50 students voluntarily attended the first workshop. Using a standard Likert 1-5 scale (“Strongly disagree” to “Strongly agree”), 33% strongly agreed the workshop helped improve their ability to deal with ambiguous situations, 67% felt the workshop helped increase their self-awareness, and 75% said they wanted to see more hands-on, active-learning, and team-based acting exercises in the interprofessional and clinical skills curriculum. Additionally, 58% expressed interest in continuing training to become standardized patients.