Introduction: Communicating effectively is important for health care professionals. The current communication skills course covers the basics of communications like knowing where to sit and how to make eye contacts etc., making the communicator aware of the verbal and non-verbal cues knowingly or un-knowingly we share with patients and their family members. It also includes being able to handle sharing of bad news e.g. breaking the news of diagnosis or letting your patient know about palliative modality of treatment. Learning about communication is a life-long process and the current course is supposed to start you on the journey.
Dr. Soumitra S Datta is a consultant psychiatrist who has been working in the field of psycho-oncology for more than a decade – initially in United Kingdom and later in Kolkata. He was awarded International Teaching Excellence Bursary from the University College London to become a communications skills trainer. He is actively involved in research related to clinical communications. Dr. Datta is a research active clinician and holds a dual appointment at Tata Medical Center, Kolkata and a honorary research appointment with the EGA Institute for Women’s Health at the University College London. He is also a lead reviewer for Cochrane Collaboration.
Dr. Arnab Mukherjee is a consultant psychiatrist working in the field of psycho-oncology in Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, with special interest in couple communications and family-based interventions.