Institute for Professionalism
and Ethical Practice

Enhancing Communication Among Patients, Families, and Clinicians


Choose from a wide range of educational workshops and activities focused on difficult conversations in healthcare. All educational offerings are based on a robust approach to practice-based and feature experiential learning, simulated live enactments, evocative trigger films, and values and everyday ethics to explore and improve a particular area of clinical practice


Our fellowships are designed to improve faculty teaching effectiveness and role modeling in communication skills, humanism, professionalism and interprofessional education and collaboration, and to develop faculty committed to promoting humanistic values in learning environments who will serve as positive influences on the organizational culture in these areas.


Our Leadership Team and Faculty Associates are available to provide consultation to healthcare practitioners and educators who want to develop programs within their own institutions.


The IPEP leadership team and IPEP faculty are involved in a wide range of research projects aimed at documenting the qualitative and quantitative impact of our work.

Simulated Difficult Pre-Natal Conversations

News and Updates

IMSH 2018 Conference | Society for Simulation in Health Care
January 13 -17, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA

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The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice is a leader in medical communication training focusing on difficult conversations between clinicians and patients/families such as unexpected diagnoses, medical error disclosure and apology, end-of-life issues, and prenatal diagnosis issues.  Live workshops utilize simulated conversations with our cadre of expert faculty and improvisational actors as part of the learning process. We create a safe learning environment where clinicians can practice or observe a difficult conversation in action before it happens in the actual practice.

Upcoming Workshops:

February 6, 2018:  Neurology - Neonatology

February 13, 2018:  Moderated Online Workshop:  Disclosure and Apology

See our full listing of upcoming workshops


Take Your Practice to the Next Level

  • Join over 5,000 clinicians worldwide from dozens of medical specialties who have participated in our workshops
  • Learn from our distinguished faculty whose research has been published in renowned journals
  • Experience simulation-based cases re-enacted by trained actors versed in our unique pedagogy
  • Hear first-hand perspectives of our dedicated and compassionate family faculty who have been the recipients of difficult medical information

“I was honestly blown away by the degree of professionalism, seriousness, and relevance of the workshop to me not only as a physician but also as a person. The workshop as a whole made me more aware of the many subtleties that are needed in patient-physician interactions during difficult times and I am not alone in feeling this way.”