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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

NEW! Interprofessional Education Initiative for Faculty Leaders at 7 Sites

rider eCongratulations to Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs and a member of the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, who received funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation for a new initiative: Faculty Development for the Interprofessional Teaching of Humanism.

The two-year project aims to build enduring trusting relationships among interprofessional education (IPE) faculty leaders. These leaders will serve as collaborative role models committed to creating successful strategies to educate others about IPE and to develop future generations of IPE leaders. Dr. Rider will lead the development of a faculty education fellowship in interprofessional education, modeled after the successful BCH Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism that has 21 current and past Faculty Education Fellows.

Principal investigator William Branch, Jr., MD at Emory University School of Medicine, heads the 7-site national project. Dr. Rider will serve as Co-PI and site leader for the Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School site. Additional sites include: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Yale School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Indiana University School of Medicine, and University of Minnesota Medical School.

The Re-imagined Annual Paul Contini Workshop

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30am – 3:00pm EDT

Each year IPEP holds a workshop inspired by the family of Paul Contini, a former patient at Boston Children’s Hospital. This year workshop is entitled Palliative Care Conversations Across the Spectrum of Care. It will bring together interdisciplinary professionals from neurosurgery, neonatology, PACT, and other specialties focusing on the unique communication and relational needs of young neurologically complex patients and their families. This year the workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Boston Children’s Hospital – Waltham facility. The corresponding Grand Rounds lecture will be held on Wednesday, May 18th from 7:00-8:00am in Boston. The team involved in the workshop’s re-development include Richard Goldstein, MD, Janet Duncan, MSN, CPNP, Shih-Ning Liaw, MD, Scellig Stone, MD, Meg Comeau, MHA, and Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN with outstanding administrative support provided by IPEP’s Kayla Boyer and PACT’s Rita Fountain. All prospective participants should register online at www.ipepweb.org.

NEW IPEP Publications

luff radiologistWe are proud to announce that an article led by Donna Luff, PhD was recently published in the Journal of the American College of RadiologyThe Influence of Communication and Relational Education on Radiologists’ Early Post-Training Practice draws on qualitative interviews with former radiology fellows who attended the PERCS-Radiology course during their training at Boston Children’s Hospital. With co-authors Serena Fernandes, MD, Arya Soman, MD, Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, and Stephen Brown, MD explores the impact on and perceived relevance of the fellows’ PERCS training after they had an opportunity to put into practice. Former trainees found their PERCS experience relevant and gained skills, knowledge, and conceptual learning which impacted on their current practice. Their ability to implement this learning was related to the radiology culture and institutional support in their current practice setting.

coombsAnother recent publication authored by Maureen Coombs, PhD, RN and Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, Tending to Everyday and BIG Conversations in Teaching and Practice was published in the Intensive and Critical Care Nursing journal. The article describes the great need for training on everyday conversations, not just the most difficult or “BIG” ones. The authors suggest that training across a range of conversations provides a strong foundation and builds the necessary skills to function in the real clinical world.

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.

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.

Register for an upcoming workshop

Register for the Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice Course 

IPEP-OPENPediatrics Disclosure & Apology Moderated Online Course

PERCS Workshops and Rounds Calendar

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Monthly Newsletter

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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 will take place at 12pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds (“High Reliability: Making the Leap from the Classroom to Clinical Practice”) will take place at 11am on Thursday, May 26, 2016 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.