Teaming up for media practice

In a unique partnership, KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty are preparing for potential media interviews while Wichita State University journalism students are honing their interviewing and story-writing skills.

Public Affairs on the KU Wichita Campus created a three-part media-training program for 13 faculty members.

“We designed the program to position KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty as experts in their fields, promote the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, and serve the community,” said Kristie Eubanks, Public Affairs director.

Last week, faculty members attended a workshop given by Eubanks and received their individual story subjects to be used in practice interviews with the WSU students, while the WSU students received their story subjects and partner assignments. Subjects include Gardasil, the weight-diabetes connection, and treatment-resistant major depression.

Tuesday, the partners used medical school’s Standardized Patient (SP) unit to conduct their interviews, which were videotaped for review. The SP unit is made up of 12 exam rooms featuring two video cameras each. Typically, medical students and residents examine standardized patients (patient actors) in the unit while being videotaped. They receive feedback about their clinical and interpersonal skills while faculty receive feedback about their teaching effectiveness.

Over the next few weeks, the 12 brave faculty members will individually meet with Public Affairs to review their videos and close the training loop.