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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.

PERCS – Radiology Reaches National Audience

radiology emblemIn 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

Map-Mercy statesIPEP’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

ducksResponding 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

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.

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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, May 20, 2015 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds will take place at 11am on Thursday, May 28, 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.