patient experiences an unexpected pregnancy, it’s important for her physician
to communicate effectively during this emotional time. Options counseling
skills are essential for OB/GYN physicians—especially considering that
approximately half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
Tocce, MD, wants students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine to
not only be competent with options counseling but to demonstrate excellence in
this area of great need. Currently, the medical student curriculum addresses
options counseling during one didactic session during the women’s care third
year clerkship. But students are not specifically trained and are not required
to participate in a clinical experience that includes empathy training and
why Dr. Tocce, with the help of the Academy of Medical Educator’s small grants
program, has started a study that will examine the effect of empathy
intervention on student performance of pregnancy options counseling.
hypothesizes that students who experience an empathy intervention will be more
confident and competent with options counseling. In her study, which began
early in September, students will be randomly assigned to the empathy
intervention or routine curriculum. Students will later undergo an objective
structured clinical experience (OSCE) to evaluate their competence.
the empathy intervention, students will work with actual patient volunteers who need options
counseling. The OSCE will use simulated patients.
Deadline for New Grants Approaches
Academy of Medical Educators provides annual small grants to create, implement
and evaluate innovative medical education programs and develop scholarship in
medical education. Grant funds are provided by the generous support of the
Rymer Family Endowment and with additional support from the Office of Faculty
Affairs. Applications are due October 15, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.
Click here to learn more about our small grants program.