Improving Physicians’ Bedside Manner…with Horses?

Christianna Capra

Christianna Capra, CEO, Spring Reins of Hope

Christianna Capra is sharing her completed video, alluded to in the June 2012 post and podcast: They Use Horses to Train Doctors, Don’t They?

Horses for Healers is being offered for the second time as an elective in Spring 2013 through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) at the Spring Reins of Hope farm in Pittstown, NJ. The class is a 2-week elective conducted on two consecutive Mondays, consisting of short classroom lectures, with most of the day spent on the farm in the arena/paddock with the horses.

The following Tuesday-Friday segment of the course is held on the UMDNJ campus, in Newark, NJ, with lecture, lab, shadowing rounds and other classes pertaining to bedside manner within the medical school setting.

Can doctors learn better bedside manners from…horses? UMDNJ is willing to find out.

Help prove it as part of the curriculum at UMDNJ and at other medical colleges in the future.

One Response to “Improving Physicians’ Bedside Manner…with Horses?”

  1. Christianna Capra said:

    Feb 28, 13 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you Health Thought Leadership for this post!
    We do need support for this. It can be a real challenge to be a trail-blazer or pathfinder…once the path is proven every one will walk its way. SPRING REINS of HOPE, Getting to the Horse of the Matter is in a unique position right now to do some trail-blazing with UMDNJ and EAL Bedside Manner training. But we need support to make it real. Please help us if you believe in this alternative method. We are taking measures and evaluations to make each semester easier to believe in…

    Right now we have a couple of great supporters / believers at the Med Edu department at UMNDJ, but there are others that laugh at the idea of Horses!??

    We will need community, corporate and/or public support on this course until we have enough recorded measures (evals post course, 6mos out, and 12 mos out) to PROVE that – yes – horses do indeed teach body language awareness and therefore better bedside manner (one that feels safe and trustworthy) in ways that medical students will have a very hard time forgetting! For the rest of their careers! 😉

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