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
We 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.
PERCS – Radiology Reaches National Audience
In their April email news, The Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) announced our upcoming PERCS – Radiology workshop. PERCS – Radiology will be offering its first national CME workshop on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The daylong workshop has been approved for 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and three hours of risk management credits. The workshop cost will be $495 for practicing radiologists and $295 for radiologists in training, technologists, nurses, and other allied professionals. The course will remain complimentary to members of the Radiology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital, in gratitude and recognition of the department’s long-standing support of this program although spaces may be limited. We will continue to hold annual workshops for the Boston Children’s Hospital radiology fellows, which are scheduled to be held in Spring 2016. For more information and to register for the May 30th course, please click here.
Mercy Health Consultation in the Midwest Successful
IPEP’s educational consultation team, led by Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs and member of the Department of Medicine, with Pamela Varrin, PhD, Tamara Vesel, MD, and Brigid O’Connor, recently returned from presenting a full-day pilot program and training in Springfield, Missouri for the Mercy Health system. The pilot, Necessary Conversations: Enhancing Communication with Patients and Families, focused on palliative care and advance directives training for Mercy’s clinician-educators and clinical leaders. Program participants learned about PERCS pedagogy and a variety of relational teaching strategies for enhancing and teaching communication skills and promoting relationship-centered care. The training is closely adapted from IPEP’s international faculty development course, Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice. Course participants attended from across Mercy’s large, non-profit, healthcare system. The course was enthusiastically received and highly rated. Later this month, IPEP’s team will travel to St. Louis, MO, Oklahoma City, and Springfield, MO to teach clinician-educators and clinical leaders from a number of Mercy’s 46 hospitals and 700 clinics and outpatient facilities in that extend across seven states.
Looking Through the Eyes of Families: Insights and Tips
Responding to a request from BCH Vice President Patricia Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, we are pleased to announce a new collaboration between IPEP and the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services. Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN and Dave Browning, MSW, LICSW, working closely with Nurse Managers Michelle Hurtig, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Cheryl O’Connell, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ and Jason Thornton, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPHQ, NE-BC, developed a one-hour workshop aimed at refreshing staff communication skills, enhancing empathy, and improving the patient and family experience. Entitled “Looking Through the Eyes of Families: Insights and Tips,” the one-hour program includes video triggers, evocative quotes and poetry, and guidance from parents for hospital caregivers. A robust cross-section of staff attended a pilot workshop on Monday, March 16. The session received very positive feedback from participants, and several useful revisions were made to the curriculum based on the group’s input. The workshop will be rolled out and adapted as necessary for staff throughout the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services units in the coming weeks, with the Nurse Managers taking the lead in teaching their staff. Thank you to the IPEP leadership group for their initial feedback, and special thanks to Family Faculty Facilitator, Meg Comeau, MHA for her thoughtful and specific suggestions for improving the program.
Dave Browning Returns to IPEP
We are delighted to announce that Dave Browning, IPEP’s Senior Scholar Emeritus, is returning to an active status with the Institute. “IPEP has always occupied a special place in my heart and mind. I am thrilled to be getting back in the saddle, facilitating workshops, reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and helping out with Institute projects as needed.” Dave spent the last two years working in the Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he designed and implemented projects aimed at increasing patient and family involvement and peer-to-peer support. He now works as an independent consultant and educator, lending his talents to several local and national educational initiatives focused on improving professional ethics and healthcare communication in medical settings.