About Us

th_PreOpThe Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP) is an interdisciplinary educational initiative dedicated to cultivating relational competence in health care.  We specialize in developing and conducting innovative educational programs and interventions focused on difficult conversations occurring across a wide range of settings in pediatric and adult medicine.

Our mission is to promote relational learning for healthcare professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice.

The Institute grew out of the success of the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS).  PERCS began at Children’s Hospital in 2002 by offering innovative, experiential day-long workshops focused on difficult conversations in pediatric critical care.  As PERCS expanded its scope over time to apply to a wide range of difficult conversations in pediatric as well as adult healthcare, we realized we needed an institution home and organizational structure to support these initiatives.  To that end, with the generous support of Children’s Hospital Boston, IPEP was launched in March 2007.  To date, more than 5,000 healthcare professionals have participated in one of our educational programs.

  • For more about our innovative approach to learning, click here.
  • To meet the leadership team, click here.

Our Location

The IPEP office and conference space is located at:

Boston Children’s Hospital
Landmark Building, 5th Floor East
Boston, Massachusetts.