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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.

IPEP Team Will Travel to the Midwest: Mercy Health

Map-Mercy statesIPEP has launched a major educational consultation for Mercy Health, a large non-profit healthcare system across seven states that serves Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, with outreach to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Mercy Health includes 35 acute care hospitals, 11 specialty hospitals, 700 clinics and outpatient facilities, and has 40,000 employees. IPEP’s team, led by Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs and member of the Department of Medicine, also includes Pamela Varrin, PhD, psychosocial faculty; Tamara Vesel, MD, palliative care content expert; Brigid O’Connor, Performing Arts Consultant; and Allyson McCrary, Program Administration Manager. The IPEP team is working closely with Mercy’s team of 11 interprofessional members led by Robert Bergamini, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care, with Susan Sinclair, RN, LCSW, CCM, and Lynda Schibler, MAHCM, MEd, RN. The goal is to adapt IPEP’s international faculty development course, Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice, for the Mercy Health system, and to provide Mercy’s clinician-educators in palliative care with an opportunity to learn about PERCS and a variety of additional teaching methods, and to use these to help enhance compassion and partnership with patients and families across Mercy’s many healthcare settings. Later this month, the IPEP team will travel to Missouri to present a pilot course; in April they will take the course to Mercy Health sites in Springfield, MO, St. Louis, MO and Oklahoma City. Stay tuned for updates!

Dave Browning Returns to IPEP

davebrowningWe 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.

Atrius Workshop A Big Success

AtriusAfter months of planning, on January 26th, IPEP launched a workshop in partnership with Atrius Health at the BCH Waltham satellite. The goal of the workshop, entitled Open Communication with Patients and Families After Safety Events Including Medical Errors, was to prepare staff for their role as coaches for the CARe (Communication, Apology and Resolution) initiative that Atrius will officially launch this March, as part of MACRMI (Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution after Medical Injury). Sigall Bell, MD, Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, and Pamela Varrin, PhD facilitated and the workshop featured many of IPEP’s pedagogical components, including experiential learning exercises, didactic presentation, realistic enactments with professional actors (in this case, Brigid O’Connor and Bill Mootos), and review of a spectrum of cases. IPEP worked with Atrius’ Beverly Loudin, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Patient Safety & Risk Management, Kerry Markert, BSN, MS, MSN, Senior Clinical Project Manager, Quality & Safety, and Michael Kelleher, MD, Medical Consultant, to customize IPEP’s original disclosure and apology workshop to meet the needs and objectives of Atrius. The workshop was well attended by a group of about 25, including Chief Medical Officers and Site Medical Directors plus representatives from Patient Safety, Patient Relations, Peer Support, and Nursing Leadership and the Patient/Family Advisory Council from across several Atrius Health locations. We received excellent feedback following the workshop and we are excited about the possibility for future ongoing educational offerings.

South Shore Hospital Launches PERCS

southshoreOn January 29th, Amy Ditzel, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and doctoral student, along with IPEP Faculty Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal, Mary Ann Bell, Linda Zaccagnini, and Sheleagh Somers, along with Family Faculty member Erin Ward, launched the pilot of the PERCS-Supporting Families at the Bedside at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. The pilot workshop marked a year of planning, and was a huge success! The actors, Becca Lewis and Jessica Webb, were superp in their improvisations of family members.

The customized case scenarios combined predetermined parent characteristics and the “develop your own character” approach. The first scenario involved a term infant with meconium aspiration syndrome who develops a tension pneumothorax requiring emergent placement of a chest tube. The two-mother family was well educated and preferred holistic, natural approaches to healthcare. The second scenario depicted a preterm infant requiring intubation due to worsening respiratory distress. This family’s situation included a mother with a history of substance abuse. The pilot took advantage of a new, wireless simulation mannequin.

Launching a new branch of the PERCS workshops is a major undertaking. It would not have been accomplished without the outstanding teamwork and collaboration amongst all involved and generous funding provided by an anonymous donor and matched by the hospital. We have identified five PERCS champions who are getting the word out about the program. We enthusiastically look forward to four half-day workshops over the next two weeks. Hopefully, this will be just the beginning of a vibrant PERCS’ presence at South Shore Hospital.


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Monthly Newsletter

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, April 15, 2015 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds (“Recognizing and Addressing Disrespectful Language and Behavior“) 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.