Amy comes from a background in research health psychology and critical social and organisational psychology with an MSc from the London School of Economics. She is the lead for the clinical communication curriculum in years 1 and 2 for the MBBS 5 programme and acts as responsible examiner for the early years formative OSCEs.
Amy has over 10 years’ experience teaching in medical education. She regularly acts as a personal tutor providing one to one educational coaching and support to students and she is very interested in the wellbeing, success and job satisfaction of health professionals and students. At one point in time Amy trained horses and taught horse-back riding for a living, and these experiences possibly taught her as much about body language, success and learning as any other form of study!
The majority of Amy’s time is spent on teaching, whether developing and planning or delivering. She regularly gives enthusiastic lectures to post-graduate and undergraduate students on a wide range of subjects related to communication, health psychology and education: empathy, negotiation skills, written communication for researchers, giving effective feedback as well as communicating with chronic pain patients and those with medically unexplained symptoms – just to name a few. She especially enjoys facilitating small group experiential learning while working with simulated patients (actors) on subjects such as patient centred interviewing techniques, history taking, information giving, and advanced clinical communication skills for senior clinicians. Most recently Amy designed a 3-week course on mindfulness for medical students and health professionals and has presented initial data at conferences and meetings – both at home and Internationally. Amy has also collaborated on projects with the UK council for clinical communication, developing video based learning materials for students to access on-line. On occasion, Amy presents and teaches on mindfulness and her other specialist topics externally as well. She is committed to improving the experience of medical students, whilst facilitating their education to a high standard.
Ussher M., Spatz A., Copland C, Nicolaou A, Cargill A, Amini-Tabrizi N, McCracken, L. Immediate effects of a brief mindfulness-based body scan on patients with chronic pain. J Behav Med, October 2012.
Webb C, Collin SM, Deave T, Haig-Ferguson A, Spatz A, Crawley E. What stops children with a chronic illness accessing health care: a mixed methods study in children with CFS/ME. BMC Health Services Research, 11, 308 (2011) www.biomedcentral.com
Zakrzewska JM, Jorns TP, Spatz AL. Patient led conferences - who attends, are their expectations met and do they vary in three different countries? Eur J Pain. 2009 May;13(5):486-91
Spatz AL, Zakrzewska JZ, & Kay EJ. Decision analysis of surgical and medical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia: How patient evaluations of benefits and risks affect the treatment decision. Pain, 2007 Oct;131(3):302-10
Ruth Sugden & Kerry Boardman, Kings College; Gary Coulton, formerly of SGUL; Claire Copland, SGUL; Professor Michael Ussher, SGUL; Hannah Cock, SGUL;
Spatz A, Coulton G, Luke R, Mikhaeel M, Richards D. Feasibility and impact of 3-weeks of mindfulness meditation training for medical students: a description of 3 reflective case studies. MedEdWorld, Ottawa, April 2014
Co-organised a conference and presented: Mindfulness for medical Schools, what do we and our medical students need? King’s College, September 14, 2014
Spatz A, Coulton G. How does 3-weeks of mindfulness meditation training affect the experience of medical students: a description of 3 reflective case studies, SGUL Education Day, November 2013
Spatz A, Cock H, Stern J. Explaining the medically unexplained: demonstrating and teaching the skills. AMEE, Vienna, Aug 2011
Co-director of filming and communication content consultant for an e-learning project entitled: Interactive Ethics Case Simulations - http://www.elu.sgul.ac.uk/iethics/, Sept 2010
Jarvis R, Silverman J, Collins S, Illingworth R, Kinnersley P, Kubacki A, Spatz A, Tischler V. Effective Clinical Communication: key tasks of the consultation through e-learning, Oct 2010
Amy’s newest area of interest is mindfulness for patients, medical students and health professionals. This topic leads on from Amy’s other historical interests including the role of communication and stress for patients with chronic pain and medically unexplained or long-term symptoms. Amy’s original research work on patient decision-making for trigeminal neuralgia patients remains an additional interest. She continues to draw upon these experiences in her current research and teaching. Amy enjoys working with students on independent projects and ideas for collaborations both internal and external are welcome.