University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Education

Course: MD 566 - Professionalism, Communication & Reflection

Professionalism, Communication, and Reflection (PCR) is a year-long mandatory course for our first-year medical students. The course is carried out in small, process-oriented discussion groups with a faculty preceptor once a week for an hour and a half.

The recent literature on teaching professionalism in medicine suggests that we cannot merely focus on appropriate behavior with patients and coworkers. We must also foster self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and the capacity to care for self and colleagues. PCR groups create time and space for the students to reflect together on their experiences in medical school to prepare themselves intellectually and emotionally for clinical work. It is our hope that they can begin to practice a mindful approach to their work, and develop good habits of collegial support and dialogue. Engagement with emotionally difficult topics – rather than avoidance of them– is encouraged. (33 weeks)

Course Administration

  • Rosen Course Director
    Lee Rosen, PhD
    Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Clinical Assistant in Psychology
    (802) 656-3750

Last modified September 03 2015 02:26 PM