10/10/19: The Mixed Messages of Medical School: How We Can Help Students Navigate Them With Poise, Courage, and a High Tolerance for (Apparent) Contradiction
Medical school advisors often find themselves having to help medical students navigate seemingly conflicting messages about wellness, learning & career decision making. This issue is pervasive across all of UME & is not unique to AMS. We promote student well-being, yet deliver curricula that leave little time for self-care. We warn against “premature closure” in specialty decision making, yet stress the importance of specialty-specific research early on in medical school. While there may be value in each of the messages that students receive, we run the risk of students turning away from trusted advisors to less accurate, & more stress-inducing, sources if they perceive themselves as having been misled. Using the advising expertise of participants, this interactive workshop will help participants address & “reframe” some common conflicting messages that students receive in medical school.
“Reframing” ideas or messages involves making changes to the particular meaning that individuals attach to them. Common techniques for reframing include challenging assumptions, addressing emotions, & taking alternate perspectives. This workshop will identify specific mixed messages that have a direct impact on the experience of medical students, & ask participants to apply reframing techniques to each of them. The reframing process will allow advisors to “own” the apparent conflicts, to better reassure & advise students, & to establish more truthful and trusting relationships with all learners.
All faculty and residents are welcome to attend these sessions.
1. Analyze common contradictory messages experienced by medical students
2. Define “reframing” as an advising technique
3. Apply cognitive reframing techniques to help learners navigate conflicting messages
4. Improve their ability to establish truthful, trusting relationships with learners
Emily Green, PhD, MA
Director of Faculty Development
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Faculty Development Oversight Group
Emily Green, PhD, MA (Chair)
Director, Faculty Development
Gowri Anandarajah, MD
Professor of Family Medicine (Clinical)
Angela Anderson, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical)
Erica Chung, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical)
Michele Cyr, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Luba Dumenco, MD
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
Paul George, MD
Associate Dean for Medical Education
Andrea Goldstein, MPA
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Jeffrey Hunt, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Jennifer Jeremiah, MD
Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residencies
Stacey Lawrence, PhD
Associate Director for STEM Initiatives
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
Christopher Merritt, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Rory Merritt, MD
Assistant Dean of Medicine, PLME
Joyce Ou, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Steven Rougas, MD, MS
Director, Doctoring Program
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Sarita Warrier, MD, FACP
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education.
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program. This activity is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CE Credits. Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 APAThe Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is approved by the RI Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program.
- 1.50 AttendanceParticipants will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this program is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This credit is accepted by the AAPA and AANP.