Upon acceptance into the FIT program, FITs are required to participate in AACH's annual Winter Course, ENRICH course, and serve on an AACH committee, which provide in-person opportunities to attain the FIT program EPAs:
The Winter Course is a 5-day immersive learning experience (typically held in early February) for current FITs, RCFs, and Faculty, which focuses on:
- Personal Awareness (Domain #3)- FITs are placed in small groups (usually < 10 people) led by facilitation professionals, each with unique styles and approaches to personal awareness. Styles may include Matrix Leadership, Diversity, Rogerian, Family of Origin, Anima Learning, etc. The purpose of personal awareness groups is to: provide a learner-centered environment where participants can set personal learning goals related to interpersonal & communication skills, personal awareness and development, and reflection. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to practice challenging communication scenarios and receive feedback and coaching.
- FIT Skills- In a series of skills sessions, FITs learn, practice, and receive feedback on essential communication skills. Past skills sessions have focused on group facilitation challenges, giving/receiving feedback, diversity, and role play.
- Workshop Content & Development (Domain #2)- FITs have an opportunity to work alongside AACH faculty in the development and delivery of a single workshop session to their FIT and faculty peers. This provides a venue to "test run" a potential workshop in a safe environment and receive constructive feedback, to share about an emerging topic of interest, and can also serve as a venue for attaining EPAs in the workshop domain of the FIT program. Samples of recent Winter Course workshops include: Mentoring for the 21st Century: Developing skills in mentoring across differences, Measurement in the Service of Compassion: RCC, Healthcare Disparities and Data, Exploring Cognitive
Biases through Poetry and Visual Art, Making Role-Play Exercises Fun and Effective:
Advanced Role-Play Techniques Addressing Communication Skills Training Challenges, etc.
- Facilitated Large Group Sessions- FITs attend large group sessions led by the same professional facilitators of the small personal awareness groups. Large group sessions provide the opportunity to learn more about timely themes within healthcare communication in a group activity-based format rather than a keynote didactic format. Themes vary from year to year, but recent courses have focused on: diversity, vulnerability and imperfection, personal and organizational change, etc.
The ENRICH course is a 4-day intensive and interactive course (typically held in early-mid June) open to any healthcare professionals interested in communication and relationship-centered care. FITs, like AACH Faculty, have specific roles and responsibilities at this course, including the development and delivery of interactive workshop tracks, co-facilitation of small learning groups, and attending debrief meetings.
- Facilitation (Domain #1)- FITs are required to co-facilitate a small learning group with an AACH faculty member at ENRICH. Using skills learned at Winter Course, FITs will act in a co-facilitator role, rather than as a participant. To graduate from the FIT program, FITs must co-facilitate at least one "Integrated" group, plus one other modality (i.e. Narrative, Case-based, Intact Team, Leadership, Family-of-Origin, Improvisation, etc.) The daily FIT and faculty meetings, as well as the course debrief meeting provide opportunities for practicing and refining debrief skills, which are part of the facilitation domain.
- Workshop Content and Development (Domain #2)- FITs are required to help plan and deliver at least 2 different workshops during their time in the FIT program. ENRICH offers another opportunity to complete this requirement. However, unlike Winter Course, the workshops at ENRICH are formatted as tracks, with each session building on the last. Typically ENRICH workshop teams have several FITs and faculty per team, which provides an opportunity for learning more about the other essential components of the FIT program: leadership, teamwork, conflict engagement, and diversity.
SERVICE ON AN AACH COMMITTEE
FITs are required to serve on at least one AACH committee during their time in the program. This engages the FITs at the organizational level of AACH, provides opportunities to work with and get to know fellow AACH members and leaders, provides a FIT voice/perspective on AACH programs and activities, and develops skills such as leadership, teamwork, conflict engagement, and handling diversity. Appropriate committees may include: ENRICH Planning Committee, Winter Course Planning Committee, FIT Committee, RCF Committee, Education Committee, Diversity Committee, Membership Committee, etc.
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