Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice

Enhancing Communication Among Patients, Families, and Clinicians

The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice is a leader in medical communication training focusing on difficult conversations among patients, families, and clinicians.  Using live simulated re-enactments, experiential learning, evocative trigger films, and engaged discussions participants learn to navigate such difficult conversations as unexpected diagnoses, medical error, disclosure and apology, end-of-life issues, and prenatal concerns.

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Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice: Faculty Fellows Humanism Series
Cultivating Humanism: Nurturing a Culture for Safe, Compassionate Healthcare

Join us for the ongoing Faculty Fellows Humanism Series designed to nurture values and to foster humanistic organizational cultures and learning environments. The series is a project of the Boston Children’s Hospital Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice/ Harvard Faculty Education Fellowships:
     • Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism
     • Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education

The Faculty Fellowships were supported, in part, by a multi-institutional grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation –
William Branch, Jr, MD, MACP is national PI; Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD is site PI and Fellowship Director.


Through experiential learning, simulated live case re-enactments, evocative trigger films, and exposure to values and everyday ethics, improve your abilities to navigate difficult medical conversations. All educational offerings are based on a robust approach to practice-based, experiential learning.

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

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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.

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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. These research efforts have led to several recent publications which, along with case commentaries and papers which outline our pedagogical approach to relational learning

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Our interdisciplinary rounds will be taking place the 3rd Wednesday and 4th Friday of each month during the summer.  Check our rounds page for upcoming topics.  PERCS Rounds are monthly forums that offer an opportunity for for Boston Children’s Hospital employees to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and learn about challenging questions in everyday professional practice.

Where we'll be

Follow IPEP’s journey to conferences and speaking engagements nationally and internationally.