Jonathan Silverman, Past President

Jonathan Silverman is honorary visiting senior fellow and has recently retired as Associate Clinical Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. He was a general practitioner for over 30 years.

He has been actively involved in teaching communication skills since 1988 and in 1993, undertook a sabbatical with Professor Suzanne Kurtz, teaching and researching communication skills at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. In 1999 he became Director of Communication Studies for the undergraduate curriculum in Cambridge, which now involves over 700 half day small group sessions per year. He is best known as one of the authors of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides to the Medical Interview, which provide a framework for describing the medical interview and incorporate a comprehensive set of skills referenced to the current evidence. The guides are used in 70% of UK schools. He has also co-authored two companion books with Suzanne Kurtz and Julie Draper, “Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine” (Radcliffe Publishing Second Edition 2005) and “Skills for Communicating with Patients” (Radcliffe Publishing Third Edition 2013).

He has conducted communication skills teaching seminars throughout the UK, in Europe and N. America. In 2005, he founded the UK Council for Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education for all 33 UK medical school, is past chair of the teaching committee and now past President of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare.