Instruction in Communication with Colleagues may include settings such as standardized communication around hand-off, clinical teaching; role modeling; and interactive workshops or seminars, when aspects of these types of communications can be more easily discussed.

Here are a number of other resources that may also be useful to you in the development and implementation of program's approach to competency and outcomes assessment and improvement. The information contained in these approaches reflects those undertaken by your UMMC's colleagues, as well as others in your profession to develop and implement the Interpersonal Skills and Communication competency within their program or institution.

UMMC Pediatrics Department

UMMC Pediatrics Department developed a 360 degree evaluation tool for assessment of Interpersonal Skills and Communication. These tools may be modified for use by your program.

The Institute for Healthcare for Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare for Improvement has various resources available to improve communications. The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique provides a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient's condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism useful for framing any conversation, especially critical ones, requiring a clinician's immediate attention and action. It allows for an easy and focused way to set expectations for what will be communicated and how between members of the team, which is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety. View more information about SBAR.

The Bayer Institute

The Bayer Institute seeks to improve the communication between clinician and patient through three major activities: education, research and advocacy. An annotated bibliography on Clinician Patient Communication is also available from the Institute for Healthcare Communication.

The End of Life/Palliative Care Research Center

The End of Life/Palliative Care Research Center (EPERC) is a centralized comprehensive resource for hospice and palliative physician educators. Read more about Palliative Care Fast Facts and Concepts published by EPERC.

The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center

The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center supports and advances compassionate health care.

The Macy Initiative in Health Care Communication

Macy Initiative in Health Care Communication is an initiate to develop a state of the art , innovative, comprehensive communication skills curriculum grounded in a set of core competencies that should be mastered by every graduated physician. More information about the faculty development and other activities is found at NYU Macy Initiative on Health Communication.

The American Board of Internal Medicine

View resources from the American Board of Internal Medicine.


View resources from ACGME.