January 2020 – UfaceME™ to play a pivotal role in University of Minnesota’s sexual health training of medical professionals in Tanzania
University of Minnesota lead researchers have secured a 5-year NIH grant for research in Tanzania, “Effectiveness of Sexual Health Training for Health Professional Students in Tanzania.” Dr. Simon Rosser, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, and Dr. Michael Ross, Joycelyn Elder Professor Chair of Sexual Health Education, Department of Family Medicine are lead researchers.
UfaceME will play a pivotal role in this training of sexual history taking in a research study that the authors anticipate will lead to an ongoing curriculum in Tanzania and other African countries. The prevalence of sexual taboos and a high percentage of HIV/AIDs make health professional-patient communication vital.
UfaceME is a dynamic relational learning tool that effects positive behavioral change and improves relationships in any setting: from workplace training and management relations, to social services, to therapeutic and family relations settings.
The UfaceME Method uses patented video technology to capture a face-to-face conversation, then discover and measure individual viewpoints and perceptions.
How does UfaceME work?
UfaceME provides an opportunity for a connected, meaningful conversation in any relationship clinical or otherwise. Watch this video to discover the UfaceME process and its value for 170 University of Minnesota medical students in their training taking patient histories.
The benefits of UfaceME have been endorsed by an early adopter, Dr Michael Ross. Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014.
Dr. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health.
The simple-to use technology allows you and another person to:
Relate to one another.
Record your conversation.
Respond to statements that help you identify your feelings at regular intervals throughout the entire conversation.
Review your responses to discover significant moments in your conversation. These are crystallizing moments. As issues are identified and viewpoints validated, mutual and self-understanding happen.
A personal action plan with tangible goals may begin after completion of the first session.
The flexible and user-friendly design makes the UfaceME system a powerful tool for relationship empowerment wherever people work, play, and live.
UfaceME/University of Minnesota research draws wide readership in medical journal
The original research completed by UfaceME and the University of Minnesota is stunning in its timely approach to real time, face-to-face communications in enhancing and improving personal interactions. The Dove Press published an original research paper in May 19, 2019 that has received well over 1,000 views to date.
The research demonstrates the effectiveness of the software based UfaceME process in training medical students to take effective and comfortable sexual histories with patients. The study was led by Dr. Michael Ross, Program of Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School.
The first trial included 14 students in a focus group, followed by sessions experienced by 175 students, whose overwhelmingly positive response supported the quantitative data. Further sessions are planned. Dr. Ross was awarded the 2019 U. of M. Medical School’s Year 1-2 Excellence in Innovation Award based on this work.
The paper is titled “A new computer application for teaching sexual history taking to medical students: innovation and evaluation in the UfaceME program.” Here’s a link to the full text of the published research paper.
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