Simulated Family Members
Effective communication and empathy are among the most important qualities and skills of any health professional.
BIDMC has integrated a course to
teach key skills and strategies related to communicating with family
members of critically ill patients into the residency curriculum. This
course has been highly successful, well received, and has changed the
culture of our Intensive Care Units. The success of this course depends on
our volunteers, who play the roles of family members of critically ill
patients, and participate in debriefing with the residents following
simulated family meetings. The ideal volunteer for this position is someone
who is enthusiastic to help residents practice communication skills, enjoys
acting, can draw from his/her own experience as a patient or family member
of a patient, and can be trained to provide kind and constructive feedback.
You will work closely with a skilled trainer and with faculty to develop
the family member roles and to learn new feedback skills. This course is on Wednesdays, between 8:00-9:00 AM. Because of the time and
effort involved in developing the knowledge and skill to participate in
this course, we would appreciate a minimum of at least one year time
commitment, preferably longer, following completion of the training.