Communication matters: doctors must learn with, from and about colleagues and patients

The Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee is hosting a seminar with Professor Alan Bleakley, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Plymouth in collaboration with SDHI on this topic on Tuesday 15 May 2012, 1-2pm, Room 2S13, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Rates of medical error are considerable and there is a growing body of evidence that most of these errors are grounded in miscommunications within the healthcare system and in clinical teams. Educational strategies can help reduce the number of miscommunications within and between teams but related skills are rarely taught to medical students and professionals. Medical system culture can change if democratic habits and literacy are embedded in medical education curricula. The presentation will highlight opportunities and practical examples how this might be achieved.

Alan Bleakley is Professor of Medical Education at Peninsula Medical School, UK, where he is Deputy Director of the Institute of Clinical Education, which is internationally recognised as a leading medical education academic and research centre. His academic background spans zoology, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience and psychology. Alan has also been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 25 years. His work is widely published and his latest book ‘Medical Education for the Future: Identity, Power and Location’ published by Springer (2011) was co-authored with John Bligh and Julie Brown. Another book, ‘The Heart of the Matter: Patient Centredness in Transition’ is currently under review.

Please join us for an exciting presentation. We would appreciate if you confirmed you attendance in advance to Lynn Thomson l.e.thomson @dundee.ac.uk (Centre for Medical Education)

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