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IPEP Represented in Hong Kong at 3rd International Symposium on Healthcare Communication

hong knowElizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs, and member of the Department of Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics, co-chaired the 3rd International Symposium on Healthcare Communication, an international day-long Symposium held in Hong Kong on June 29, 2015.

The Symposium, “Communicating for Compassionate Healthcare: Mobilizing Values to Practice”, brought together leading international clinicians, educators, academics, and leaders to share and discuss innovative practices, educational strategies, and cutting edge research that effectively promote compassionate healthcare, attention to core values and skilled communication in different healthcare settings around the world.

The Symposium was sponsored by the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Curtin University, Western Australia, and Charter for Compassion International (CCI). This special event included the launch of IRCCH as the Asia-Pacific Healthcare Hub of Charter for Compassion International.

IPEP has joined major healthcare and educational institutions in Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Uganda, and the US, as a Partner of IRCCH’s initiative, the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare. To learn more about the Symposium, please click here or follow the Twitter hashtag #IRCCH15.

Cultivating Collaboration in Argentina

garrahanThanks to the introduction by Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, and the pioneering educational outreach of Boston Children’s Hospital SimPeds, we are pleased to unveil our budding collaboration with Garrahan Hospital. Garrahan is a 513 bed pediatric institution located in Buenos Aires that serves children across Argentina, with specialties in oncology, neonatology, transplantation, and burns. For several years Garrahan has partnered with SimPeds to train a specialized group of simulation educators. With the desire to expand educational capacity to integrate communication and relational learning hospital-wide, IPEP’s director Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, will travel to Argentina in December to consult with leadership, and lay the groundwork to present introductory workshops. We are hopeful that Lewis Wheeler, veteran actor, will be able to join the effort to lend his craft and unique talent to augment the experiential learning. As a prelude to the collaboration, we look forward to welcoming Nadir Ayrad to the Institute in early November to introduce him to the PERCS pedagogy and learning approach. Nadir will serve as liason to the Garrahan-based project leaders, Juan Carlos Vassallo, Susana Rodriguez, and doctors Florencia Villois and Silvia Kassab, educators, and actors. Esperamos trabajar juntos!

IPEP Collaborates with Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary

MEEIHarvard Medical School Ophthalmology Residency Program Director Carolyn Kloek, MD and clinical fellow Anuradha Mishra, MD are teaming up with David Browning, LICSW, Donna Luff, PhD, and Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN to develop a PERCS workshop for Difficult Conversations in Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology is a medical and surgical specialty of diseases of the eye, with patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric. Three representative cases are being developed including: emergency room visit; surgical complication with uncertain outcome; and unexpected serious diagnosis with vision loss. Monthly planning meetings have been set for this summer in preparation for a pilot workshop with the Harvard Medical School ophthalmology residents this fall.

IPEP Partners with International Charter to Bring Core Values into Healthcare Interactions and Education

Charter LOGO v good croppedIPEP joins major healthcare and educational institutions in Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Uganda, and the US, as a Partner of the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare. The Charter was developed through an international, interprofessional collaborative effort to restore the primacy of core values necessary for practicing compassionate, ethical, and safe healthcare around the world.  Using a rigorous 3-year qualitative research process to identify and develop a framework  for values essential for every healthcare interaction, the Charter delineates five categories of fundamental human values, with sub-values within each:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Commitment to integrity and ethical practice
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Justice in healthcare

Charter - Wordle -all valuesThe framework of values articulated in the Charter underpin ongoing and developing clinical care projects, educational programs and research efforts inhealthcare settings internationally. At IPEP, a Partner of the Charter since 2014, we have implemented values curricula in several IPEP programs including IPEP’s international faculty development course, Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice, Pedagogy and Practicalities Seminar, Difficult Conversations in Outpatient Pediatrics, and IPEP Faculty Retreats.

Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs and member of the Department of Medicine, is a leader of the Charter initiative. Created in early 2011, the Charter is a major initiative of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Curtin University, Western Australia is a strategic partner. For more information about the Charter, please click here and you can downlaod the paper here.

Strong Presence at the Upcoming ICCH

icchIPEP expects another strong presence at ICCH 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana with six oral presentations and one poster presentation. All affiliates of the Institute are encouraged to attend! There are excellent plenary speakers, workshop offerings, and productive networking opportunities. To view the accepted abstracts, please click here.

Blog Post for Elaine Meyer’s TEDx Talk

elaineOn the one-year anniversary of On Being Present, Not Perfect, the TEDx Talk by Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, a blog post recently went live. Elaine reflects, “Delivering the TED Talk, I distinctly remember hitting my stride when describing our approach to holding challenging healthcare conversations at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice. I was on terra firma and the story arc bowed gracefully. I enjoyed sharing the Wizard of Oz metaphor-courage; brains and heart-to highlight the core ingredients of honest, effective conversations. I had contributed something that I hoped would improve the emotional standard of care.” To read the blog in its entirety, 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

Aligning Family-Team Expectations During Surgical Consent

PERCS Rounds

The Cardiovascular and Critical Care PERCS Rounds (“Raising Awareness of the Legalities of Clinical Practice: Considerations for the Bedside Clinician“) will take place at 12pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds (“How Many Hoops to Close the Loop: Empowering Staff and Family Using Closed Loop Communication“) will take place at 11am on Thursday, October 22, 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.