In my last post, I mentioned that I thought my conversation with the standardized patient went okay. First of all, I have plenty of room for improvement. However, for the times during which I asked pertinent open-ended questions, allowed for brief silences, restrained myself from interrupting, and displayed general conversational competence, I really have the Y’s & HMC to thank. Over ten years of being a Ya-Ya, and a lifetime to go. I’m still consistently non-threateningly socially awkward, but I’d like to think that I listen and communicate better because of my relationships with these good people.