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


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


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.