Saying the ‘Right Thing:’ How to Prepare Learners for Difficult Conversations in Clinical and Classroom Settings

Friday, February 3, 2023 12 pm to 1 pm

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Christie Manasco, PhD, College of Nursing

Syreeta Mctavous, DDS, College of Dentistry

Lauren Woods, PhD, College of Health Professions

Thomas Yohannan, MD, College of Medicine


A challenging aspect of teaching future healthcare professionals arises when preparing them for strenuous interpersonal moments. This panel features faculty from across UTHSC sharing the ways they teach their learners to handle difficult conversations in both didactic and clinical settings. Faculty from Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Dentistry share teaching strategies for preparing learners to give upsetting news to patients, talk about sensitive subject matter, and engage in conversations around politically and socially charged issues. Audience members are invited to contribute their own strategies to the conversation and will receive information on evidence-based teaching strategies for navigating onerous subjects. 


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