The medical schools
at New York University, University
of Massachusetts, and Case
Western Reserve University, were selected by the prestigious Josiah
Macy, Jr. Foundation to participate in the Macy Initiative in Health
Communication. This four year project (January 1999 -- December 2002)
is designed to strengthen the communication skills of physicians through
the development of competency-based curricula for medical students.
to R: Marjorie Greenfield, CWRU; Kathy Cole-Kelly, CWRU;
Adina Kalet, NYU; Michele Pugnaire, UMass; Emily Ferrara, UMass
The project began
with a collaborative effort to identify and define the critical communication
skills needed by physicians in three domains: 1) Communication with the
Patient; 2) Communication about the Patient; and 3) Communication about
Medicine and Science. Each school then developed and implemented school
specific curriculum, starting July 2000. The Macy partner schools also
developed school specific faculty development strategies to support the
successful implementation of the enhanced communication skills curricula.
Evaluation of the Macy curriculum interventions is also being implemented
at each school. In the final year of the project, a Macy Scholars Program
in Health Communication will also be initiated.