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Graduate Teaching

  • Communication in Healthcare: In this course, we examine the role communication plays in healthcare, across the continuum from prevention to end of life. We explore descriptive studies (e.g., What is the nature of communication in healthcare? What factors impact communication in healthcare? How does communication in healthcare impact outcomes?) as well as intervention studies (e.g., How can communication in healthcare be improved?) We  consider the roles of physicians, nurses, allied health providers, patients, and families. We  look not only at clinician-patient communication, but also at inter-professional communication. We examine research from various epistemological perspectives.  

    • This course will be taught in Fall 2020 and Fall 2022.​

  • Systematic Review Methods: In this course, we examine and practice the science and rigorous methodology of conducting a systematic review, using the PRISMA guidelines. Systematic reviews are considered to be one of the highest levels of evidence quality and are important studies in their own right. The goal is for each student to  finish the course 1) as a critical consumer of systematic reviews; and 2) equipped with the skills and experience necessary to produce their own systematic review. This course will prepare you to conduct a systematic review, which is more likely to be publishable as a stand-alone paper than a narrative review. The final products of the course will be: 1) participation and potential authorship in a collaborative in-class systematic review; and 2) your own systematic review protocol with a timeline and plan for completing the review. 

    • This course will be taught in Fall 2021.​

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I teach two graduate courses as part of the Health Communication Certificate in the College of Journalism & Communications at the University of Florida. I welcome graduate students from other colleges at the University. Please feel free to contact me for more information.  

Medical Education

Teaching medical trainees and physicians is an important part of my work. I spent 13 years working in academic medical centers with a central medical education role both in the U.S. and in Qatar. My experience with medical education and evaluation is in these primary areas: 

Communication Skills Education

As the former Director of the Communication Skills Research and Training Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I have significant experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating communication skills educational interventions for residents, fellows, and attending physicians.  I co-developed the Comskil Model and was PI on our NCI-funded R25 grant to evaluate this program.


I spent four years as Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education at Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, an ACGME-accredited GME program. I led the implementation of the Comskil program in the medical center. I continue to collaborate with medical educators in Qatar as they implement and evaluate this program.

I currently teach a monthly seminar for UF Medicine residents on Breaking Bad News and give talks and grand rounds as requested to other UF Health Departments and Programs.

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Chief Resident Leadership and Development

In collaboration with Dr. Brijen Shah, I developed a Chief Resident Leadership and Development Program at Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar. I continue to teach in this program, visiting Qatar twice a year. 

Stress Management Programs

I also worked with colleagues to develop and evaluate Stress Management Workshops for residents and fellows in Qatar. 

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