Interpersonal and Communication Skills Curriculum: Successfully Engaging Your Patient, Patient’s Family, and Colleagues

The ACS Accredited Education Institutes’ (AEI) Curriculum Committee is proud to present the Interpersonal and Communication Skills Curriculum: Successfully Engaging Your Patient, Patient’s Family, and Colleagues course.

The goal was to create and provide an efficient, accessible resource that could be adopted or adapted easily by surgical residency programs to meet their needs and that of their learners based on resources available. Providing this type of curricula is one of the benefits of being part of the ACS AEI network of simulation centers and the sharing of information, tools, and resources.

The interactive curricula address three key skills related to the Interpersonal and Communication Skills Competency of the ACGME’s General Surgery Milestones. It was designed as a resource to assist in the teaching of the following skills, which are crucial for surgical residents’ success:

  • Breaking Bad News
  • Hand-Offs 
  • Obtaining Informed Consent

Target Audience

  • Surgical Program Directors
  • Assistant Program Directors
  • Program Coordinators
  • Surgical Simulation Team Members

Learning Objectives

At the end of the educational activities, participants will be able to:

  • Deliver bad news to patients and their families sensitively and effectively.
  • Communicate with the members of the health care team and keep them up to date on the patient’s status and any changes to the care plan.
  • Demonstrate a clear informed consent discussion for both basic and complex procedures.

Contact

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
06/01/2021
Course expires: 
06/30/2024

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speaker and Moderator Disclosures

Antonio Gangemi, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE – Nothing to disclose
Catherine Nicholas EdD, MS, PA – Nothing to disclose
John T. Paige, MD, FACS – Oxford University Press; Springer Nature: Royalties; 1 and 2 books as co-Editor, respectively; Avista; IAMSE: Research; Co-PI Hernia; PI teamwork, respectively and Boston Scientific: Honorarium, Consultant, Faculty Development
Aimee K. Gardner, PhD – SurgWise Consulting (not patient related): Ownership; consultant
Luis Llerena, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Col. (Ret.) Robert M. Rush, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Tiffany N. Anderson MD, MHPE – Nothing to disclose
James N. Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Rachel Yudkowsky, MD, MHPE – Nothing to disclose

Program Committee Disclosures

Jane M. Eggerstedt, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Gladys Fernandez, MD – Nothing to disclose
Antonio Gangemi, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Nehal Khamis, MD, PhD, MHPE – Nothing to disclose
John T. Paige, MD, FACS – Oxford University Press; Springer Nature: Royalties; 1 and 2 books as co-Editor, respectively; Avista; IAMSE: Research; Co-PI Hernia; PI teamwork, respectively and Boston Scientific: Honorarium, Consultant, Faculty Development
Aimee K. Gardner, PhD – SurgWise Consulting (not patient related): Ownership; consultant
Luis Llerena, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Col. (Ret.) Robert M. Rush, MD, FACS – Nothing to disclose
James N. Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS – Nothing to disclose
Rachel Yudkowsky, MD, MHPE – Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Information

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Course Completion

To receive the Certificate of Completion, participants will need to complete the following:

  • Review all course materials, videos, and posttest requirements
  • Course evaluation

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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