Institute for Professionalism
and Ethical Practice

Skilled Communications for Difficult Conversations and Better Care


Choose from a wide range of educational workshops and activities focused on difficult conversations in healthcare. All educational offerings are based on a robust approach to practice-based and feature experiential learning, simulated live enactments, evocative trigger films, and values and everyday ethics to explore and improve a particular area of clinical practice


Rounds are monthly, hour-long forums at Boston Children's Hospital, where nursing and interdisciplinary staff discuss strategies for navigating the challenges of every day professional and clinical practice particularly as they touch on ethical and moral concerns.


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.


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.

IPEP in the Media

The Art of the Apology:  Dr. Stephen Brown, IPEP director, speaks about the growing need for radiologists to be prepared for disclosure and apology after medical error.  Read interview published in the ACR BulletinLearn about IPEP's Disclosure and Apology in Radiology workshop here.


Navigating Communication Challenges in Clinical PracticeTackling Tough Topics:  Article on monthly PERCS Rounds facilitated by IPEP faculty and nurse-led at Boston Children’s by Christine  M. Rachwal, MSN, RN, CCRN et al, published in the  Journal of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.



Why Should Radiologists Prepare to Talk to Patients about Diagnostic Errors?

Take Your Practice to the Next Level

  • Join over 5,000 clinicians worldwide from dozens of medical specialties who have participated in our workshops
  • Learn from our distinguished faculty whose research has been published in renowned journals
  • Experience simulation-based cases re-enacted by trained actors versed in our unique pedagogy
  • Hear first-hand perspectives of our dedicated and compassionate family faculty who have been the recipients of difficult medical information

“I was honestly blown away by the degree of professionalism, seriousness, and relevance of the workshop to me not only as a physician but also as a person. The workshop as a whole made me more aware of the many subtleties that are needed in patient-physician interactions during difficult times and I am not alone in feeling this way.”