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Teaching Empathy & Communication


Apr 22, 2021 12:24 PM

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Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss
Director of the Center for Compassionate Communication @University of California, San Diego
Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss is the Director of the Center for Compassionate Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kaplan-Liss was previously the Assistant Dean of Narrative Reflection and Patient Communication at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicinein Fort Worth,a new medical school program, which openedin 2019. She held thefirst Dean-level position in a medical school dedicated solely to training faculty and medical students to communicate more effectively first and foremost with their patients as well as with colleagues of other disciplines, the community, the media, funders and policymakers.
Stuart D. Flynn, M.D.
Dean @TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., is the founding dean of Fort Worth’s new M.D. school, the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. The school was accredited in October 2018 and now has matriculatedtwo classes of 60 students each.Flynn has led the development of the new School and built a team that is creating an innovative and patient-centric curriculum that will change how doctors are trained. In a supportive environment, students will become Empathetic ScholarsTM, training to be excellent communicators, active listeners, life-long learners and become valued physicians, colleagues, leaders and citizens in their communities.
Ilana Zago
First-Year Medical Student @TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Ilana Zagois a first-year medical student at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Ilanagrew up in Southern California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2018. Throughout herundergraduate education, sheexplored herpassion for the impact of nutrition and lifestyle behaviors on overall well-being by receiving a Health & Wellness Certificate through the Exercise & Sports Studies program. She alsoworked as a health educator ina medicallysupervised weight management program,which solidified herdesire to pursue medicine. Ilana aspiresto continue advancing herknowledge, exploring lifestyle medicine, and delving into the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in the coming years.