In the past few weeks, three different interconnected workshops were held at the Hamburg campus, focusing on communication between healthcare professionals and their patients. These were led by Assistant Cristina-Manuela Cojocaru, Ph, Assistant Alina Schenk, Ph as well as Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cosmin Popa, PhD.
During the various workshops, the students learned by means of various role plays, among other skills, how to convince uncertain patients of one’s own treatment plans, how to avoid problematic situations with persons to be treated, and how to overcome possible communication barriers. The focus was on topics such as empathy and the ability to recognize and classify different personality traits and cultural characteristics in order to establish an optimal relationship with the respective patients. Another core competence that good doctors should master in any case is to always keep calm.
Over the course of the three sessions, participating students gained a variety of insights into the interpersonal aspect being a doctor – one of the most important facets of the medical profession.