Communication Skills

Think Like an Actor, Present Like a Pro

8 am to 10 am, October 19, 2017

It’s conference season, and you’ve once again been asked to share your expertise by giving a breakout session at a regional, national or international conference. The thought makes you both smile and shiver. The pressure to deliver a presentation to a group of your professional colleagues that is clear, confident and memorable is undeniable. As you prepare, you start to wonder:

“How do I make my presentation more interesting?"

“How do I convey numbers, facts and data in a way that everyone can understand?”

Making the Most of Your Presentation

11 am to 1 pm, October 09, 2017

Strong presentation skills are a key to success for researchers and other professionals alike, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they usually are in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom with an effective outcome.

This lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver an oral presentation; it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Communicating the Value of Your Research to a Broad Audience

11 am to 1 pm, November 09, 2017

As researchers, you have a lot of different audiences that may benefit from knowing about your work (ex. funders, patients, community members, industry partners, etc.). But most research training focuses on how to communicate to others in your field. This workshop will address this challenge by teaching the importance of value propositions and communicating research in a way that makes it compelling for every audience.

Crucial Conversations

10 am, March 22, 2018

This is a two-part workshop. Participants must attend both sessions.

September 11, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
September 18, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results. In this workshop, participants will learn to: 

M-Talk: Delivering Serious News and Conducting Goals of Care Conversations

9 am, May 28, 2019

Facilitated by VitalTalk trained faculty, this session will provide the participant with discrete, actionable skills that will enhance their ability to navigate high-stakes conversations with patients and families. Learners will practice these communication skills through intentional goal setting, an interactive small-group setting, and real-time, facilitated conversations with patient actors.


Michael Mendez, MD
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine

Kick A$$ Scientific Presentations

11 am, January 02, 2020

As physicians and scientists we are often given the opportunity to present our work or speak at scientific meetings, but there are very few resources on how to give a great scientific talk. Scientists often overwhelm their audience with data-heavy cluttered slides that detract from the message rather than enhancing your work. Audiences remember information better if the speaker is engaging and can make them care about the data, a task that has become more difficult with the sudden "new normal" of virtual presentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Beyond the Feedback Sandwich: Giving Effective Feedback

4 pm, February 24, 2021
Originally offered as part of our Early Career Kickstart program, we are happy to announce this interactive and highly participatory workshop is now available to all faculty. This session will focus on giving effective feedback to learners, beyond the standard strategies you may have heard before. Join us for a workshop that includes breakout sessions where you will brainstorm with other participants about how to effectively give feedback to different learners.