Communication

  1. The ability to communicate effectively with patients, and their families.
  2. The ability to create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.
  3. The ability to counsel and educate patients and their families concerning health issues, gastrointestinal and surgical procedures, and expectations.
  4. The ability to use effective listening skills. The ability to communicate with other health care professionals both verbally and in writing.
  5. The ability to work as both an effective team member and as an effective team leader.
  6. The ability to plan and present continuing medical education lectures.