Three Domains
·  Communication with the Patient
 
·  Communication about the Patient
 
·  Communication about Medicine and Science
 

Macy Initiative in Health Communication

Overview

UMass Medical School was selected as one of three U.S. medical schools to participate in the Macy Initiative in Health Communication, a collaborative medical education project with New York University This link goes to an external web site and Case Western Reserve University This link goes to an external web siteschools of medicine.

Funded by the prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation This link goes to an external web site, the four-year initiative is designed to strengthen the communication skills of physicians through the development of competency-based curricula for medical students.

The project began in January 1999 with a collaborative effort to identify and define the critical communication skills needed by physicians in three domains: Communication with the Patient, Communication about the Patient, Communication about Medicine and Science.

The project began in January 1999 with a collaborative effort to identify and define the critical communication skills needed by physicians in three domains: Communication with the Patient, Communication about the Patient, Communication about Medicine and Science.

Doctor's discussing MACY care
Communication about the patient is a high priority on ward rounds, which depends on the effective communication skills of each team member involved in the patients' care.

Each school is now engaged in the implementation of competency-based communication skills curricula, which began in July 2000. The Macy partners have also designed faculty development strategies to support the successful implementation of the enhanced curricula. Evaluation of Macy curricular interventions is also being implemented at each school. In the final year of the project, a Macy Scholars Program in Health Communication will be initiated.

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Contact the Macy Initiative in Health Communication at
macy@umassmed.edu