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Pilot Study of a Condensed Communication Skills Workshop for Gynecologic Oncology Fellows
Purpose: Implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a newly
condensed, previously piloted communication workshop in a cohort of gynecologic
oncology (GO) fellows.
Background: In GO fellowship, devoting sufficient time to learn
communication skills can be challenging due to the time and logistics required.
A two day workshop was previously piloted at a single institution with GOs and
found to be beneficial. We sought to disseminate that curriculum in a condensed
Methods: We conducted two four-hour sessions with 4 GO fellows
over 4 months. Sessions consisted of a didactic in communication skills led by
faculty with VitalTalk© training, followed by application with a simulated
patient. Cases were developed and previously used in a two-day workshop at
another institution. Fellows were surveyed prior to both sessions and after the
second session. Perceived confidence was assessed on a Likert scale (1 to
5). An improvement was defined by an increase of ≥1 in Likert score.
Results: All fellows reported that the educational quality of
the sessions was “excellent,” that the time in between sessions was “just
right,” allowing them to apply skills learned in the first session prior to the
second. After both sessions, at least three of the four fellows reported an
improvement in confidence in nearly 50% (10/21) of the topics (Table 1).
Name the key
steps of delivering serious news
advance care planning
patient’s goals of care from a patient or family member
conflict that arises during a family meeting
patients or family members who have not accepted the seriousness of the
religious or spiritual issues with a patient or family member
patient or family member about what to expect in the dying process
mentor learners about how to facilitate delivering serious news
which ≥75% of fellows reported an improvement in confidence (at least ≥1
increase in level of confidence)
Discussions: GO fellows perceived improvements in communication skills
with condensed half-day training seminars.
Gynecologic Oncology, Standardized Patient, GME, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Faculty, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,