Winner of RCSEd Video Communications Skills Competition 2017 Announced

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03 Feb 2017

The College is pleased to announce that Ellen Jerome and Samir Salih have been awarded winners of the RCSEd Video Communications Skills Video Competition 2017 for their video submission on 'Informed Consent: in a patient's shoes'.

In their submission, they explain that surgeons have a great responsibility to their patients' understanding of the disease affecting them, and the operative and non-operative treatments recommended. They comment that surgeons can, at times, overestimate patients’ comprehension, how much information delivered patients take in, and how able they feel to ask questions (more intimidating than we may realise). While often done well, giving information – particularly in the context of consent - is also something that is often done poorly.

The concept for this video is to put the viewer in the position of the patient, to be at the receiving end of good and bad communication. Styled like Channel 4’s Peep Show using point-of-view shooting and thought voiceover, this video puts the viewer in the patient’s shoes, fostering empathy.


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