Human Dynamics in Medical Education

Physicians are uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of people, patients, their families, and communities, creating unique challenges in these dynamic human relationships. Human Dynamics in Medical Education presentations address the topics of professionalism, ethics; cultural competence and proficiency; interprofessional teamwork, interpersonal relationships with healthcare professionals, conflict resolution, patient autonomy, rights and privacy; disclosure of adverse events and end-of-life decisions; and humanism in medicine.

Current Topics in Bioethics

  • Speaker: Anne Jeffery, PhD
  • Description: Current Topics in Bioethics
  • Objectives: Objectives will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: based on the needs of the department
  • Time: TBD

Note: Dr. Jeffery can speak on the following topics by request:

  • Methods of bioethics
  • End of life care
  • Abortion
  • Prenatal genetic testing
  • Conscientious objection
  • Opioid prescription and dependency
  • Genetic enhancement and therapy
  • Research on vulnerable populations
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Organ transplant and distribution
  • Mental illness
  • Disability rights

Ethics

  • Speaker: Amy McRae, BSN, MHA, JD
  • Description: Ethics
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: TBD
  • Time: TBD

Learning Environment through the Looking Glass of Accreditation Standards for UME and GME

  • Speaker: Susan P. LeDoux, PhD
  • Description: This team-based learning activity will focus on “The Learning Environment through the Looking Glass of Accreditation Standards for GME and UME". 
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Define basic accreditation terminology,
    • Describe current GME and UME learning environment accreditation standards,
    • Compare and contrast GME and UME learning environment accreditation standards identifying similarities and differences,
    • Access institutional UME and GME learning environment strengths and weaknesses, and
    • Develop an action plan to jointly address identified weaknesses in UME and GME learning environments.
  • Location and Resources: Small group learning setting with audiovisual support.
  • Time: 1.5 hours

Navigating Challenging Situations and Maintaining Professionalism

  • Speaker: Linda Ding, MD
  • Description: The difficult patient and family; a workshop on strategies for navigating different challenging situations and how to maintain professionalism while delivering patient/family-centered care.
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: TBD

Promoting a Culture of Professional Behavior

  • Speaker: Samuel A. McQuiston, MD
  • Description: Though it may be difficult to put into words, we all know when we see unprofessional behaviors, and we see the negative impact on morale that these behaviors have on those around us. In the healthcare setting, unprofessional behaviors can impact patient care and negatively affect health outcomes. This interactive workshop is designed to bring professionals from various disciplines together to form professional relationships and use case scenarios to develop real-world skills in promoting professional behaviors.
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Identify professional and unprofessional behaviors in the healthcare setting,
    • Develop active intervention techniques to tackle unprofessional behaviors,
    • Promote a culture of professionalism in the clinical working environment and improve patient outcomes, and
    • Access resources when active interventions fail to curb unprofessional behaviors.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: 1.5 hours

Professionalism

  • Speaker: Franklin Trimm, MD
  • Description: Professionalism
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: TBD

Professionalism in Social Media

  • Speaker: Joyce Guest Ph.D.
  • Description: This session will provide guidelines for using social media while maintaining professionalism.
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Define professionalism in terms to be used with social media,
    • Identify behavior that would be considered unprofessional using social media,
    • Recognize potential harm associated with using social media,
    • Navigate basic privacy settings in some social media environments, and
    • Compare and contrast the health care professional/patient relationship in virtual versus non-virtual environments.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support and ability to break into small groups
  • Time: 60 minutes

Team Building 

  • Speaker: Franklin Trimm, MD
  • Description: Team Building
  • Objectives: Objectives for this session will be developed based on the needs of the department.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with audiovisual support.
  • Time: TBD

What’s That You Say?

  • Speaker: Candace Park, PhD, LPC, NCC
  • Description: Building Communication Skills
  • Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to…
    • Identify and minimize barriers to effective communication,
    • Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication,
    • Describe emotional intelligence and its use in the work place, and
    • Utilize communication strategies for conflict resolution.
  • Location and Resources: Standard classroom with access to PowerPoint and audiovisual support.
  • Time: 60 minutes

Note: Dr. Park can also speak on the following topics by request:

  • Mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, suicide, etc.
  • Burnout, building resilience
  • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
  • Teaching relaxation and/or mindfulness techniques
  • Stress management
  • Work-life balance
  • Professionalism

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