1) Read these two articles,
2) Answer these questions,
–What are the expectations of knowledge (literacies!) for doctors/people in medical fields? What specialized information and specialized skills do doctors/medical professionals need to know and work with–What info do they share? What situations (communication and otherwise) are common? Who are their audiences?
–How and why does Klass/doctors use the terms she does? Why have this specialized style of communication/’tool set’ for sharing info? What’s useful (or required) about having specific job literacies/ways of communicating and using information for Klass (or doctors in general)?
–What isn’t always clear in communication between doctors and patients? Why? What does the article suggest about professional literacies and the general public? In other words, what must doctors think about when communicating to non-doctors? Why is that important? Can you give examples?
3) (Pretending to be Sally Johnson, M.D., working at Big State Medical School and Big State University Hospital) write a memo to your team of doctors and nurses that gives them samples of medical language they’ll need to use and explains to them 4-5 good reasons for why using specialized medical language is necessary.