This program attempts to help each participant understand his/her strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
Verbal & Non-verbal Communication Skills
An intense program with a high faculty/student ratio provides practical guidance for immediate achievement in each of these competencies. Our feedback from past participants has been outstanding and those who have followed our debriefing plans have enjoyed subsequent success on the Certifying Examination.
Approximately one month before the course, participants will receive a detailed schedule, several pre-course assignments, and a communication skills inventory.
Throughout the course, participants will receive hard copy educational materials, including strategies for improved performance on the ABS Certifying Examination, and a personal digital video of course formal mock oral examinations for review and self-critique. After a debriefing session with a faculty member, each participant will receive a follow-up letter within a month summarizing the items discussed in the debriefing.
Participants will engage in multiple opportunities to build and maintain relationships with faculty and colleagues, with the goal of maintaining these relationships during post-course preparation for the ABS Certifying Examinations.
Strategies for effectively managing stress and exam anxiety will also be available to participants.
Course components include, but are not limited to the following:
Didactics: Behaviors that Affect Outcomes
Round Table Faculty-Participant Lunches
Didactics: Review of the ABS Process
Small Group Mock Orals for Performance Enhancement
Mini Mock Orals in Larger Group
Small Group Research Activities
Small Study Groups for Motivational Stimulation
Immersive Simulation for the ABS Certifying Examination
Digital Video of Formal Mock Oral
Individual Debriefing for Performance Improvement