Making a Human Connection: Establishing Trust with Children

Sites: HMS TMEC, Boston Children's Hospital
Director(s): Baruch Krauss, Katherine O'Donnell
Prerequisites: Core Clerkship in Pediatrics
Offered: November, April
Location: CHMC - Children's Hosp Medical Center (7)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Making A Human Connection: Establishing Trust with Children is a four week advanced course for students who have completed the Core Clerkship in Pediatrics and want to strengthen their bedside interpersonal skills and their ability to effectively communicate and establish trust with children. The course meets three days per week and is built around more than 20 hours of clinical interactions with children. This clinical experience is supplemented by weekly seminars, readings (in child development, nonverbal communication, and behavioral psychology), and case-based collaborative learning sessions. One day per week will consist of didactic seminars; one day interacting with patients in one-on-one student-faculty tutorial sessions with Dr. Krauss in the Boston Children’s Hospital emergency department; and one self-designated day each week of practice-based learning sessions where students see patients in the BCH ED independently. Students will gain a framework, detailed methodology, and set of practical skills for establishing trust with children and their families. Field trips to pre-school and kindergarten classes provide an opportunity for students to observe children at play and to recognize features of their behavior and developmental stages. Students will be required to keep a journal of all activities, and will be evaluated based on the scope and content of their journals, and an objective structured clinical examination.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The foundations of the course are based on scholarship and research in child development, nonverbal communication, and behavioral psychology. Evidence-based medicine will be incorporated at all levels of the course, including content in the didactic seminars, the tutorial teaching sessions, and the case-based learning sessions, as well as being incorporated into the field trips, where the principles of child and cognitive development are elucidated through direct observation of children’s behavior.
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory: Only this grade is awarded for this course unless the work is unsatisfactory. Satisfactory advanced preparation and completion of reading assignments, in-class participation. Satisfactory completion of the journal project. Attendance at all class and clinical sessions.
Unsatisfactory: Failure to meet Satisfactory criteria.