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May 24-26, 2011
CNE–Certified Activity

 Course Location
New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute
225 Warren St. 1st Floor
Newark, New Jersey

Provided By
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, and UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education


This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
The New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute is the Tuberculosis Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center for the northeastern United States

Course Description and Overall Goal
The purpose of this interactive three-day course is to provide healthcare workers who interview tuberculosis patients with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct an interview for contact investigation. The course covers the principles of effective communication, interviewing, and contact investigation related to tuberculosis. The format includes lectures, group discussions, exercises, role playing and standardized patient interviews.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for health care workers who interview TB patients for the purpose of contact investigation.

Why Course Is Needed
Contact investigation is an essential function of TB prevention and control in the U.S. This workshop will provide information and strategies for developing knowledge and skills to help increase the effectiveness of healthcare workers' contact investigation interactions.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamentals of effective communication and structuring interviews
  • Describe techniques and approaches that can be used to achieve effective cross-cultural communication when interviewing TB patients.
  • Identify3 strategies for working with interpreters to improve patient communication.
  • Explain TB concepts at appropriate language level for improved patient education.
  • Apply principles of TB transmission to the contact investigation process.
  • Identify 6 critical components of the contact investigation process.
  • Develop a plan of action to assess and test individuals at congregate settings frequented by the infectious patient.

Course Requirements

In order to meet the course objectives, individuals should attend the entire course, participate in individual and group exercises, complete the program evaluation form at the end of the course, and a post-course follow up evaluation within 2 months of the course.


Tuesday May 24, 2011

  8:30 am      Registration
  9:00 am      Welcome
  9:15 am      Ice Berg Exercise
  9:45 am      Review of Communication Skills
10:30 am      Break
10:45 am      Active Listening Exercise – Facilitators
11:15 am      Fundamentals of TB Interviewing 
12:30 pm      Lunch
  1:30 pm      Infectious Period Exercise
  1:45 pm      TB Interviewing Resource Guide & TB Interviewing Checklist
  2:45 pm      Break
  3:15 pm      TB Interviewing Video Excerpt and Discussion
  4:30 pm      Adjourn

Wednesday May 25, 2011

  8:30 am      Review
  8:45 am      TB Interviewing Strategy Exercise
10:00 am      TB Interviewing Strategy Exercise Feedback
10:15 am      Break
10:30 am      TB Interviewing Structure Exercise
11:45 am      TB Interviewing Structure Exercise Feedback
12:00 pm      Lunch
  1:00 pm      Simulated Patient Exercise
  4:30 pm      Adjourn

Thursday May 26, 2011

  9:00 am      Discussion of Simulated Patient Exercise
10:00 am      Interviewing Contacts
10:45 am      Break
11:00 am      Interviewing Contacts Exercise
12:00 pm      Lunch
 1:00 pm       Congregate Settings Investigations
 2:00 pm       Break
 2:15 pm       Simulated Congregate Settings Exercise
 3:15 pm       Using Interpreters in TB Control
 3:45 pm       Post-Course Knowledge and Skills Assessment
 4:00 pm       Course Evaluation
 4:15 pm       Adjourn

Continuing Education Information

UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by NJSNA, an accredited approver, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA. Provider Number P173-11/09-12.  Provider Approval is valid through November 30, 2012.

This activity is awarded 18 contact hours. (60 minute CH)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13780.

Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in this activity.
Approved provider status refers only to continuing education activities and does not imply ANCC COA or NJSNA endorsement of any commercial products.

Disclosure Policy

Registration Information and Fee

Please complete a course application by May 10, 2011, and return it to:

NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute
PO Box 1709
225 Warren Street
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Attention: Diane Lucas

Notification of acceptance and additional course information will be sent via email. Please be sure to provide a valid (and legible) email address on the application form.

A $90.00 fee is required prior to the start of the workshop. Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order made payable to NJMS Global Tuberculosis Institute.

Hotel and Travel Information

The Hampton Inn & Suites- Newark Riverwalk - in Harrison, NJ.

CALL: 973-483-1900 to make a reservation. Mention code ‘MTB’ to get group rate. Group rate: $129.00/night plus 15% state and local taxes ($148.35)

Complimentary bus transportation will be provided between the hotel and the conference site.

The Hampton Inn has free airport shuttle service to and from Newark Liberty International Airport. When boarding the shuttle, make sure to specify that the Hampton Inn – Newark Riverwalk is your destination.

Cancellation Information

UMDNJ reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and reserves the right to cancel this activity, if necessary.

Participants who are unable to attend may cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the course.


NJMS Global TB Institute
Newark, NJ

  • Mark Wolman, MA, MPH
    Program Manager, TB Control
  • Diane Lucas, MDiv, MPH
    Training & Consultation Specialist
  • Eileen Napolitano
    Deputy Director
  • Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
    Training & Consultation Specialist
    Public Health Representative II
  • June Hare
    Public Health Representative II

Planning Committee

NJMS Global TB Institute
Newark, NJ


  • Anita Khilall, MPH, CHES
    Senior Training & Consultation Specialist


  • Diane Lucas, MDiv, MPH
    Training & Consultation Specialist
  • DJ McCabe, RN, MSN
    Trainer & Consultant, Clinical Programs
  • Mark Wolman, MA, MPH
    Program Manager, TB Control
  • Patricia Woods, RN, MSN
    TB Nurse Consultant

Content Reviewers

If you require an accommodation because of a disability, or if you have any additional needs, such as diet restrictions, please contact Diane Lucas at (973) 972-1261 or email at