Joined January 2016

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has developed and implemented strategies and innovated pedagogical techniques to nurture excellent communicators who will use technology to support information exchange and empathetic interactions with individuals and diverse groups in multiple contexts for numerous preventive health, health maintenance and health care delivery purposes.

This new medical school is in one of the most medically underserved areas of the United States, and this transformative communication curriculum provides medical students with requisite knowledge and skills to work effectively at health centers and in community-based settings along the United States-Mexican border, where at-risk populations face challenges from a variety of social determinants of health, including access to health care, provider shortages and limited infrastructure resources.

2017 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: Using Technology to Enhance the Pedagogy of Interpersonal Communication in Medicine (PDF)

Need/gap addressed: Evidence indicates that a more positive relationship grounded in effective interpersonal communication between physician and patient results in lower health care costs, greater physician and patient satisfaction, better health care and improved patient participation.

Principal investigators: Helene Krouse, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, associate dean for interprofessional education

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