The emotional impact of managing the care and treatment of critically and chronically ill patients demands special sensitivity toward their needs and those of their families and friends. This should include the ability to provide a realistic appraisal of the patient’s condition while offering hope, thereby allowing patients to cope optimally with their diseases. Whether to undertake expensive and uncertain therapy also requires knowledge, understanding of social support and palliative measures, and effective communication in eliciting informed consent.
The fellowship program will ensure that its fellows develop appropriate interpersonal relationships and communicate effectively with patients, their patient’s families, and professional associates. Fellows are expected to:
- Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients
- Elicit and provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills
- Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a professional group that might include professionals from multiple disciplines