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PedsTalk--An Advanced Communication Skills Course for Pediatric Providers

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Karen Jooste; Neil Prose

Do you often have conversations with your patients or their parents about difficult issues or serious decisions? Our work often entails challenging conversations: giving difficult news, discussing serious illness, talking about complex disease management and navigating conversations with parents who may have different perspectives.

If you would like to build your communication skills and feel confident and prepared for these conversations, please join us for PedsTalk. This is a 4-hour workshop for pediatric faculty and pediatric advanced practice providers on Advanced Communication Skills, earning 4 CME credits.

Concepts are based on VitalTalk, a national program teaching advanced communication skills for serious conversations and also on Breaking Bad News, a training which develops effective and compassionate communication skills specifically in the pediatric setting. The workshop has a didactic component, discussion of key concepts and a practice component with actors to build skills. 

Details about the course follow:

Date: February 26, 2019 or March 12, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm [Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am]
Location: Trent Semans Center, Conference Room 3


Karen Jooste, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Primary Care

Neil Prose, MD, FAAP, FAAD
Professor of Dermatology, Pediatrics and Global Health

Rémi M. Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, FAANP
Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

This is a 4-hour workshop for pediatric faculty, pediatric APPs and pediatric fellows on Advanced Communication Skills, earning 4 CME credits and 4 MOC points.

Please contact Kiana Dailey at to register.

Karen Jooste, MD, MPH, FAAP. Karen Jooste is a pediatrician in the Division of Pediatric Primary Care at Duke. She is an instructor in VitalTalk and in Breaking Bad News. She is a Faculty Leader in the Clinical Skills Foundation Course at the Duke School of Medicine and her areas of interest are in Newborn Care and Advanced Communication Skills.

Neil Prose, M.D. FAAP, FAAD. Neil Prose is a pediatric dermatologist at Duke. He has a lifelong interest in teaching empathic communication skills and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops. He played a vital role in creating a national communication skills curriculum for residents in neurosurgery and is currently working on projects related to respectful maternity care in Ethiopia and Chile.

Rémi M. Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, FAANP. Rémi Hueckel feels fortunate to balance her clinical and academic practice. She develops her future colleagues as the lead faculty for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner program and the school of nursing and faculty leader in the clinical skills foundation course at the school of medicine. Rémi's clinical practice is with the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine where she is both a member of the nurse practitioner team and simulation educator. Her primary area of interests are the diverse and creative use of simulation to facilitate professional role transition, practicing teamwork and communication and developing high functioning teams.