Who's Who

Kellie Roberts -- Spoken
Office: 401 Rolfs Hall
Office Phone: 273-1655
 Email:  robertsk@ufl.edu
Office Hours:
T, 3 - 5:00 p.m., W, 4-5:30 p.m., and by appointment
Mailbox: Rolfs 402

Mickey S. Schafer -- Written
Office: 201 Rolfs Hall
Office Phone: 273-2743
email: msscha@ufl.edu
Office Hours: M,W: 6-7th and by appointment
Mailbox: 402 Rolfs 

About this Class 

Medical professionals have a special obligation to communicate without ambiguity, either in the written or spoken word; they depend on their communication skills to interact productively with other medical experts, their colleagues, clients and their families, and the public at large. This team-taught course will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a range of activities focusing on researching, processing, and sharing medical information with others. Given our current evidence-based medical culture, students will learn to do research using medical databases and other research tools, as well as discovering how best to organize and present their findings to other medical professionals. The healthcare professional must often act as intermediary between the specialized world of scientific research and the more pragmatic world of the general public; consequently, we will also investigate how best to present technical medical information to the layperson. (Need further convincing? Check out the following article on the Clinical Skills Examination

This course is predicated on the idea that the ability to write and speak clearly are learned skills, not innate talents, which means that better communication can be learned by practice. Students will experiment with a range of communication strategies in class: lectures will be followed by focused written and oral activities that allow students to put theory and strategies into practice. We will read and dissect examples of both good in order to learn from them, in addition to examining several types of medical writing. Students will also participate in a variety of speaking assignments in class, ranging from impromptu to prepared presentations. We will discuss techniques for improving public speaking, interviewing and listening skills, and patient-doctor communication.

ENC 3254 "Writing for PremedCSS" fulfills the University's General Education requirement composition (C) and 6,000 words of writing (W).

Speaking Assignments

The Informative Presentation

One of the most common communicative tasks of a medical professional is giving information.  Sometimes this information is being given to patients; just as often, you are informing colleagues about research or a patient's condition.  Being able to deliver a well-organized, concise presentation of medical facts is a critical skill that this assignment gives you the opportunity to practice!   

Medical School Interview

One of the (potentially) scariest hoops to jump on the way to becoming a doctor, the med school interview is also critically important to your success.  In preparation for this hurdle, you will receive training and get the opportunity to practice by participating in a mock  panel interview both as the interviewee and one of the interviewers.

Team CME Presentation

All accredited professionals participate in continuing education to remain licensed.  These education units are called CMEs (continuing medical education), CEs (continuing education), and sometimes CMUs (continuing medical units).  CMEs cover a wide range of topics from disease to clinical practice.  However, CMEs are planned to be  topically important -- this means dealing with a medical issue that is current and relevant (as opposed to a issue that is rare). For your final project, you will work in teams to plan and deliver a CME unit to your peers.  

Writing Assignments

Medical Communication Project

This is a two part assignment in which you get to explore the process of evaluating different kinds of medical information.  First, you will dive into the web and analyze the kinds of health information found in cyber space.  Second, you will produce a complementary pair of documents: a brief  review paper targeted at medical professionals and a patient literature handout appropriate for educating the public.

Medical School Application

Before you can be chosen to interview, you must apply to medical school.  To this end, you will get the opportunity to write (and rewrite!) the "personal statement," the essay which likely gets your foot in the door (along with your obviously stellar GPA and MCAT scores!).  Also, you  will plan a chronological-functional resume designed for a particular intership which will also aid you in filling out the 15 "job and/or experience" spaces available for this information on the AMCAS application.  


Team CME Paper

This is the written complement to the CME project.  Your team will prepare a proposal, a "take away" handout, the CE itself and an evaluation report.


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