Teaching Antenatal Counseling Skills via Video Conference

Cureus. 2021 Aug 9;13(8):e17030. doi: 10.7759/cureus.17030. eCollection 2021 Aug.


Neonatologists provide counseling to expectant parents to prepare them for the birth and subsequent medical care that their extremely preterm, or otherwise medically complex newborn may require. The skills required to conduct these sensitive conversations are often taught to neonatology trainees via direct observation or simulated scenarios in advance of counseling actual patients. This technical report details how we taught antenatal counseling skills to junior neonatal-perinatal medicine (NPM) fellows via video conferencing during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This approach could be used to effectively prepare future trainees to perform antenatal counseling.

Keywords: antenatal counseling; simulation in medical education; skills and simulation training; video conference; virtual patient simulations; virtual workshop.