Frequency: Once a week
Multiple disciplines (physicians, social workers, nurses, trainees and others) attend the rounds at the VA to discuss difficult issues and experiences reflected in a patient case presentation.
Frequency: Once a month
Fellows will be able to attend local conferences or grand rounds. They will also receive funding for educational expenses such as books or an out-of-town conference. Examples might include:
UB has developed a nationally recognized training program which incorporates patient actors with scripts designed to teach history, physical exam and communication skills (such as breaking bad news) and other doctor/patient interactions.
The simulated interactions occur during multiple visits with the same patient and the learner progresses along the disease trajectory with the patient actor. Cases address issues such as terminal disease, palliative care and advance directives. All interactions are graded and videotaped for self-critique and feedback.