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To promote relational learning for health care professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice

Faculty Education Fellowship – Application Deadline Extended

Faculty Education FellowshipWe are accepting applications for the Faculty Education Fellowship in Humanism and Professionalism: Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders, presented by the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice, in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development, Office of Graduate Medical Education, and the Academy for Innovation in Education at Boston Children’s Hospital. Children’s is one of 10 national sites, and the only pediatric site, chosen to implement curricula for faculty in advanced teaching skills with a focus on humanism and professionalism topics.  Due to the significant ongoing weather disruptions, we have extended the deadline for completed applications to April 30, 2015.  Decisions will be made in May.  For more information about applying for a fellowship, please click here.  Visit the Faculty Education Fellowship webpages here.

Advancing Relational Learning Worldwide

IPEP logoWe are excited to announce a new, online venture for IPEP: Advancing Relational Learning Worldwide.  This is a collaboration between our Institute and OPENPediatrics (OP) at Boston Children’s Hospital.  OPENPediatrics (OP) is a free, open access learning platform that is working to create a global community of practitioners who can exchange ideas and best practices, regardless of resources, to improve pediatric care across the world.  The aim of our collaboration is to develop curricula to enhance communication and relationships skills in healthcare worldwide.

We are currently developing our first online curriculum on Disclosure and Apology after Adverse Medical Events, based on our existing PERCS workshops.  This curriculum will be piloted online in early 2015.  To learn more about the Advancing Relational Learning Worldwide project, please click here.

Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN “On Being Present, Not Perfect”

This past spring, Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN was invited to deliver a TEDxLongwood Talk.  Entitled “On Being Present, Not Perfect,” Dr. Meyer draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.  She introduces the Institute’s educational philosophy of the “one room schoolhouse” and shares a Wizard of OZ metaphor to describe the key ingredients of honest, direct, and genuine conversations.  Dr. Meyer interviewed for a feature story about the talk that appeared in Nurse.com, which is part of the Gannett Healthcare Group (USA Today).  Her TEDxLongwood Talk has now received nearly 10,000 hits.  Most recently, Dr. Meyer has written a Facilitator’s Guide to accompany the Talk, which has been adopted in several nursing and medical schools across the country.  You can view the video of this talk below.  If you are interested in learning more about the Institute and its philosophy after viewing this talk, please click here.

Robert D. Truog, MD named Director of Harvard Medical School’s new Center for Bioethics

TruogHarvard Medical School (HMS) recently announced the transformation of the Division of Medical Ethics (DME) into the Center for Bioethics, a new independent center.  Dr. Truog has been named the Director of the Center after having been a key member of the DME for the past 10 years.  Under Dr. Truog’s leadership, the Center will continue the activities developed by the DME, including organizing “Medical Ethics and Professionalism,” a core required course for students, and overseeing the HMS fellowship in bioethics.  In addition, the Center will be the home of a new master’s degree program in biomedical ethics which will begin in the fall of 2015.

Mary Robinson, MA, MDiv awarded David Weiner Award

Mary Rimageobinson (pictured at right with Dr. Kevin Churchwell, Boston Children’s Hospital Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer) and the Chaplaincy recently received a David Weiner Award, which provides a $30,000 grant to support a program that is making a difference in the community and the health care that it receives.

This year, the grant will allow the Chaplaincy to continue teaming up with PERCS in providing 4 more sessions of the Spiritual Generalist Training (SGTP) Program, one of the most popular PERCS offerings.  The SGTP uses the PERCS methodology along with didactics on the ethics of spiritual care, taking a generalist level spiritual screen to identify resources of strength as well as areas of spiritual distress, to incorporate spiritual needs into the care plan, and to collaborate more effectively with chaplains.

Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN Presents at 7th World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey

elaineandopLast month, the Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress held its 7th World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.  Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, pictured at left with Annalise Littman and Rebecca Burns from OPENPediatrics, was in Istanbul for the conference and presented three posters on behalf of several members of the IPEP team.  The titles of the three posters, as well as links to the posters, can be found below.


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To learn more about some of the exciting developments that have recently occurred within the Institute community, please click here. To view past issues of the newsletter, please click here.

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Selected Articles

Microethics: The Ethics of Everyday Clinical Practice
Troug RD, Brown SD, Browning D, Hundert EM, Rider EA, Bell SK, Meyer EC

Courage, brains and heart: Lessons from the Wizard of Oz for difficult healthcare conversations
Meyer EC

The “Open Letter”: Radiologists’ Reports in the Era of Patient Web Portals
Bruno MA, Pestcavage-Thomas JM, Mohr MJ, Bell SK, Brown SD

Come on little lady.
Howley MC

Integrating actors into a simulation program – a primer
Pascucci RC, Weinstock P, O’Connor BE, Fancy KM, Meyer EC

Difficult conversations in health care: Cultivating relational learning to address the hidden curriculum.
Browning DM, Meyer EC, Brodsky DD, Truog RD

PERCS Books & Films

Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism

Advancing Relational Learning Worldwide

PERCS Rounds

The Cardiovascular and Critical Care PERCS Rounds will take place at 12pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds will take place at 11am on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal, Deborah White and Mary Anne Bell.

These monthly forums for Boston Children’s Hospital employees are an opportunity for hospital staff to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and learn about challenging questions in everyday professional practice.  If you are interested in learning more about these events, please contact us.

Archived Features

The IPEP leadership team and faculty have been showcased in a number of feature articles and announcements over the past few years. To read more, click here.