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Communicating with Presence

Stanford Medicine and Stanford University via edX



Internet Enduring Material sponsored by Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Modern society has provided us with technological advantages but also barriers to connect with our patients in a meaningful way. This online module highlights the Stanford Presence 5 model, which is a framework for integrating humanism and effective communication as you interact with your patients.

Intended Audience

Specialties - All Specialties
Professions - Non-Physician, Physician


In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

American Medical Association (AMA)
Stanford Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you would like to earn CME credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

Taught by

Donna Zulman, Abraham Verghese, Sonoo Thadaney Israni and Juliana Marie Baratta


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  • Communicating with Presence is a very short course. Even taking notes, I finished in under one hour. And for the more studious, there are a handful of papers to read.

    The content is to-the-point, well presented (animations and dot points) and aimed at being practical and applicable.

    As a clinician, it made me think about changing some of my practices, tweaking them to encourage a more meaningful, and healing connection with my clients.

    Based on Stanford's "Presence 5", this is a valuable contribution to improving the effectiveness of clinicians of any profession. At the same time giving their patients or clients a pleasant, satisfying consultation.

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