The development of an educational workshop to reframe and manage professional conflict via a sex and gender lens

Ynhi T. Thomas, Anita N. Chary, Michelle I. Suh, Mehrnoosh Samaei, Valerie Dobiesz, Annahieta Kalantari, Greg Buehler, Devjani Das, Jeannette Wolfe

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Background: Conflict is inevitable in the emergency department, and conflict resolution is an essential skill for emergency providers to master. Effective conflict management can optimize patient care and enhance professional satisfaction. To communicate effectively in high-stress, high-impact situations, sex- and gender-based differences need to be considered. Methods: Nine resident, fellow, junior, and senior faculty members of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine collaborated to design a 4-h workshop. The focus was on professional communication and conflict resolution in emergency medicine (EM), with special attention on how sex and gender can influence these processes. Results: The final educational workshop utilized a variety of formats focused on communication and effective conflict resolution including: traditional didactics, facilitated small groups with case-based learning, expert panel discussion, and an experiential learning session. The consideration of how sex- and gender-associated factors might contribute additional complexity or challenges to conflictual interactions were interwoven into each session to highlight alternative vantage points. Conclusions: Effective conflict resolution is an important skill for success in EM. We developed a workshop that went beyond typical communication-based programming to consider how sex- and gender-related factors influence communication and conflict resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere10872
JournalAEM Education and Training
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Education
  • Emergency

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