prof.dr. A. Tibben
This course offers participants the opportunity to learn how to make personal connections with patients, which gives enormous added value to both participating doctors, and patients. Discussing the potential likelihood of developing a hereditary disorder themselves, or in their children, with patients requires specific skills that clinical geneticists can develop during this course. In a safe, trusting environment, they have the opportunity to work on their own communication skills. Everything that is said remains within the walls of the classroom, because, after all, The Netherlands is small a place. Mr Tibben makes himself vulnerable as a teacher by giving students the space to explore the boundaries of each other’s abilities. How do you respect and appreciate how you think about the other? The students practice this by being given feedback on how they actually give feedback and by doing this the rules of giving feedback are established and secured. Everyone is included and involved during the course. Mr. Tibben does not shy away from revealing the black marks in his professional career; professionals are also vulnerable, and not being afraid of showing this vulnerability can also be a strength. He uses role-plays with cases from the practice of the participants; initially there is some resistance, but as an experienced teacher he guides the them through it. It is very important that students see immediately what they have learnt in practice. "It's exciting and of course artificial, but you have to start somewhere." If asked, he also plays a role, but his style is not the necessarily the right one; everyone chooses their own style. In his course, he creates an opportunity to work on skills learnt and on their own personal development. Then, through communication, a connection is created between the physician and the patient.