University of New Mexico Medical School
Teaching assistant, simulated patient, remediation specialist
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Scott Sharot is a professional actor who discovered twenty years ago, that he could channel his acting skills into valuable role play opportunities for training law enforcement officers and first responders in Crisis Intervention and Crisis Negotiation Training. This led to a position as a simulated patient and teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico Medical School. Then under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Barnett, he began participating in communication remediation intensives with medical students and began using role play as a tool to help doctors remanded by their supervisors to improve their inter-collegial communication difficulties. These many years later, Scott has expanded this work by starting a consulting business to help clients including teachers, salesman, restaurant staffs and anyone dealing with difficult communication issues. He is thrilled to participate in AACH activities with such a remarkable group of communicators.
What was the best career move?
Taking the skills learned after six years of training as an actor and using them to teach communication skills.
Who is the person you would most like to thank and why?
Dr. Peter Barnett for opening my eyes to the value of this work and for mentoring me in the skills of communication remediation.
What book should every healthcare provider read?
by William Miller
What poem, song, or passage of prose would you like mourners to hear at your funeral?
John’s “Love Song” “The words I have to say:
May well be simple but they're true
Until you give your love
There's nothing more that we can do
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
You say it's very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there's no other way
And now it's really up to you
Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen”
Summarize your personality in three words.
Gregarious, Generous, Energetic
How would you spend your favorite day?
Let me recount one of my absolute favorite days: I spent the morning working with the kids in the garden at The Edible School Yard in Berkeley, then went down to San Gregorio Beach for a several hour walk along the Ocean; met my wife for an amazing dinner at Chez Panis; later was thrilled to see Trevor Pinnock conduct and play harpsichord in a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos; and finally enjoyed gelato from Almare Gelato during a visit with friends on their roof garden while we watched the full moon, reflected behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Where are you the happiest?
This question is way too hard to narrow down to a short answer. I make sure my life is chocked full of happy activities, including work.