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Using the Skills Learned at VITALtalk to Take Out the Trash


We just spent the last several days learning facilitation skills at the VITALtalk faculty development course.  This truly amazing course is meant to give health care professionals like us the skills needed to run communication training programs at our own home institutions.

After just finishing the course, we thought it would be interesting to do something similar to what Alex Smith did in his "Take Out the Trash Video." There, he used some of the communication techniques he learned in palliative care training at home with his wife.  His results were less than perfect.

We figured our advanced skills might be more successful.   See for yourself (if you don't see the video below click here for the YouTube version)




by:
  • Eric Widera
  • Rachelle Bernacki
  • Roshni Guerry
  • Linsey O'Donnell
  • Brook Calton
  • Laura (aka Jillian Gustin)
  • Mark (aka Steve Berns)
  • Susan (aka Sara Johnson)
  • Steve (aka Dave Kregenow)

Note: THIS VIDEO IS NOT PUBLISHED BY VITALtalk (c). It is published by adoring fans who think, all joking aside, that VITALtalk is one of the most transformational courses a health care professional can take. If you are interested in becoming better at patient communication or facilitating teaching around these discussions, we highly recommend you check out http://www.vitaltalk.org to learn about it.

Comments

Heathercita said…
A hearty LOL! Would be great to see a video of the skills applied to a *clinical* situation, too!

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