Teaching Communications and Professionalism through Writing and Humanities: Reflections of Ten Years of Experience

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  • David P. Sklar MD,

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    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center—School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
      ast;**MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Ambulatory Care Center, 4 West, Albuquerque, NM 87131-5233.
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  • David Doezema MD,

    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center—School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
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  • Steve McLaughlin MD,

    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center—School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
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  • Deborah Helitzer ScD

    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center—School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
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ast;**MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Ambulatory Care Center, 4 West, Albuquerque, NM 87131-5233.

Abstract

Both professionalism and interpersonal communication are core competencies for emergency medicine residents as well as residents from other specialties. The authors describe a weekly, small-group seminar lasting one year for emergency medicine residents that incorporates didactic materials, case studies, narrative expression (stories and poems), and small-group discussion. Examples of cases and narrative expressions are provided and a rationale for utilizing the format is explained. A theoretical model for evaluation measures is also included.

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