On 25 February 2019, 30 healthcare professionals from National Healthcare Group (NHG) attended the "Storytelling as a Pedagogical Tool" workshop conducted by Dr Tanvi Gautum, CEO of Leadership Inc. at the Yishun Community Hospital.
The one-day workshop organised by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) Education Development Office and NHG College, was designed to equip NHG faculty with pedagogical tools to help make their teaching sessions lively, engaging and impressionable to their learners.
In her workshop, Dr Gautum expounded on the fundamental concepts of how storytelling could be a powerful communication and teaching tool, by applying effective strategies to prepare and weave stories into the lessons to optimise teaching. A "fiesta" of lectures, live demonstration and various interactive activites were introduced to help the participants better grasp and apply the concepts taught. The session was well received by the attendees who found the new skill pragmatic and stimulating.
"This is a humorous, engaging, and eye-opening, yet pragmatic course that helps to improve one's presentation skills and teaching," said Associate Professor Yip Chee Chew, Education Director (KTPH) who attended the workshop. "I highly recommend this to all educators."
"Dr Tanvi Gautam pushed us to capture the imagination of an audience and leave them hanging in anticipation. A highly engaging workshop!" exclaimed participant, Dr Michael Fung, Clinical Core Faculty Member, NHG Emergency Medicine Residency Programme.