Amy Zelenski, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Amy Zelenski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. She received her Masters and PhD in Education from the University of Wisconsin and her Bachelors in Drama and Psychology from the University of Washington. She designs curriculum and teaches improv, communication, empathy, teamwork, teaching, and self-awareness skills. Her research focuses on teaching physicians how to engage in empathic behaviors with their patients, learners, and interprofessional colleagues.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

In healthcare communication, we often focus on the one-on-one relationships between patients and clinicians. Healthcare, however, is a team endeavor with many players and relationships. Clinical and social healthcare professionals learn their crafts in separate programs with sometimes very different training methods and philosophies. However, there is more overlap than differences when it comes to communication skills. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we created innovative learning experiences for students in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work to work together while…