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PCW-1: Curriculum Development in Communication Skills Teaching

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Jonathan Silvermana, Marcy E. Rosenbaumb, Evelyn vanWeel-Baumgarten c
aUniversity of Cambridge, Department of Medicine; bUniversity of Iowa Carver, College of Medicine; cRadboud University Medical Centre, Department of Primary and Community Care

SCHEDULE: two-day workshop
Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014
Time: 9.00 to 17.30 on the 1st day, Saturday
Time: 9.00 to 16.00 on the 2nd day, Sunday
Place: RAI Conference Centre, Amsterdam
Costs: €450,-
Lunch, coffee and tea breaks included

tEACH, the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare, is delighted to announce a two-day preconference course focusing on curriculum development in communication skills teaching.
We are aware that different institutions in different countries will have varying resources in terms of available teachers, simulated patients and technology and therefore the primary focus will be on how to develop a curriculum suitable to the setting the participant operates within.
It will be facilitated by experienced teachers from tEACH train the trainers committee. The proceedings will be held in English and as much as possible will accommodate participants for whom English is not their first language.

The primary focus will be on how to develop a curriculum suitable to the healthcare setting the participant operates within. The course will look at what to include in the curriculum and how to deliver and evaluate the curriculum. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • apply relevant educational theory to designing effective communication skills curricula
  •  understand how to ensure learners master an increasing range of skills and retain them over time
  • select and organise the core content of the communication curriculum
  • tailor content in relation to their learners’ needs
  • select appropriate teaching methods for each component of the curriculum
  • integrate communication with other clinical skills and the rest of the learners’ programme
  • evaluate the curriculum

The course will be highly interactive and participant centred and will enable individual participants to formulate concrete plans for the future in their own establishment.

Please note, this course is not about facilitation skills or learning experiential communication skills teaching, which are covered in separate courses run by tEACH every year.

The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) who wish to develop a new curriculum or extend an existing curriculum.

The maximum number of participants is 12.




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