University of Pittsburgh

ACIE Award 2009

Improving Interprofessional Communication with Standardized Colleagues

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Hollis Day, Susan Meyer and Helen Burns

Efficient communication among professionals is crucial in health care because it can affect a patient's safety and comfort. Learning this type of communication, however, is seldom incorporated into a curriculum. Susan Meyer, Pharmacy, Hollis Day, Medicine, and Helen Burns, Nursing, have developed a new method of teaching students in their respective fields to communicate usefully with other health professionals. Using standardized colleagues based on a library of various communication scenarios, students in nursing and pharmacy will be trained throughout 2009-10. This strategy is based on the successful use of standardized patients, already a mainstay in health education.

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2009 Teaching Times