Relationship-Centered Communication Skills for Racial Equity in Healthcare

IN-PERSON COURSE at Mission Bay Campus Location TBD

Facilitated by Anna Meyer, MD, and Diane Sliwka, MD

1:00pm- 4:30pm

In Person Course at Mission Bay Campus

Course Description:

This 3 hour online workshop will build upon the prerequisite half-day fundamental relationship-centered communication (RCC) workshop by applying RCC skills to promote racial equity in healthcare. We will explore the impact of stereotype threat and unconscious racial bias on communication between patients and other members of the health care team. Participants will employ role-play to apply RCC skills as both preventative and restorative strategies in combating racism. Participants’ own cases will be simulated to enhance relevance and direct application of the workshop content.


Participants will:

  1. explore the impact of their identities and unconscious racial biases on interactions with patients.

  2. practice applying RCC skills to prevent the negative effects of stereotype threat and unconscious racial bias in their interactions with patients.

  3. practice applying RCC skills to build or restore relationships when stereotype threat and unconscious racial bias have negatively impacted patients.

  4. develop an action plan that supports application of skills in clinical and/or team contexts.

Target Audience: UCSF Clinicians. Prequisite: Half day Foundational Communication Skills and/or School of Medicine Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings are recommended but not required.

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