Virtual communication is becoming an integral part of health care delivery and will only continue to grow in importance (Appel et al, 2011, Linden et al 2010, Wenneberg et al, 2010, Wolever et al 2013). Virtual health coaching is especially useful in reaching populations that have a high need for, but low access to, regular health coaching (Albaina et al 2009, Hartung et al 2012). However, medical schools have not yet developed comprehensive and longitudinal training curricula to prepare graduates for this challenge. Given the potential for virtual health coaching to reach under-resourced populations and the current lack of training in the medical school curricula across the country, we propose to create such a training module for both pre-clerkship and clerkship students. We use a multi-disciplinary approach by collaborating with colleagues from Stanford School of Management to develop a novel curriculum teaching best practices in effective, personalized, and ethical virtual communication. This project will empower students to gain concrete skills and expand their knowledge about modern health coaching, from the first years of medical training.
This proposal is well written, benefiting from a solid organization, clear description of the status quo in the field and unmet needs, and defining clear objectives for the study. Envisioning a pilot phase of study to test the platform and troubleshoot possible pitfalls is a great approach proposed here. This proposal meets the majority of the criteria that were set for this funding: initiating collaboration between with experts within Stanford, increasing the chance of access to education for underrepresented minority groups, scientific rigor, and detailed and logical time plan for the study. I’d suggest further improvement of the evaluation plan, envisioning more tech-based evaluation approaches which would also enable to assess the experience od remotely-communicated patients. If relevant, you can elaborate which clinical model will be used or which communication framework will be used. There may be some potential connections with hospital projects on virtual medicine.