IPEP Community News

March 2017

IPEP Team Will Present Research at the Upcoming International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops

Three of IPEP’s internal leaders have had their abstracts and presentations accepted at the 9th Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops Conference on June 1-3, 2017 in Boston, MA. Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, Donna Luff, PhD, and Adena Cohen-Bearak, MEd, MPH will present their research with presentations entitled, “Multimedia, e-Learning and Computer-based Instruction”, “Lights, Camera, Action! Exploring the Frontier of Simulation and Film Making”, and “Aligning Expectations: Innovative Simulation to Bridge Gaps in Communication During Informed Consent.” These innovative research pieces and presentations represent the culmination of much hard work by the staff that represents the breadth and depth of IPEP’s work and initiatives, including online workshops, educational film-making, and specific workshops that address patient-provider needs and expectations.

Research Intern to Present Master’s Capstone at Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

IPEP’s research intern, Nandita Singh will present her Master’s in Bioethics Capstone research project at the upcoming 2017 Harvard Medical School Master of Bioethics Capstone Research Presentation and Congratulatory Reception on Thursday, April 27, 2017. This presentation represents months of hard work by Nandita and colleagues throughout Boston Children’s Hospital, Bentley University, Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This project focuses on evaluating the pain management decisions and informed consent process of anesthesiology residents treating pediatric anesthesia patients vs. a standardized patient. Outcomes of the study will hopefully help improve how clinicians teach anesthesiology residents about the informed consent process. See here for more details about the Capstone Presentation at Harvard Medical School. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Nandita and her team’s accomplishments, as well as learning about the work of her peers in the Harvard Medical School Master of Bioethics program.

IPEP Interns to Present Research at Upcoming Simmons College Undergraduate Symposium

IPEP’s interns have been working long and hard throughout the semester on their research projects that will be showcased at this year’s 2017 Simmons Undergraduate Symposium: From Poetry to Pipettes. The day is an opportunity for Simmons students and interested audiences to experience a day of inquiry and intellectual exchange. Our scholars here at IPEP, also considered interns, will represent the research they have carried out throughout their time at the Institute, deepening their intellectual pursuits and spreading their knowledge to all who participate. We hope save the date and join us as we celebrate our interns’ accomplishments. Read more about the Undergraduate Symposium here.

February 2017

Introducing IPEP’s Newest Intern: Zoë Harris

Zoë Harris a second year Health Sciences major at Northeastern University and is pleased to be joining the IPEP team for the spring semester as a part of her co-op experience. She plans to get her Master’s in Public Health while still an undergraduate student at Northeastern University and to go on to Physician’s Assistant school afterwards. Before IPEP, Zoë worked for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as a Youth Coordinator and as a camp counselor for the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. In her free time she enjoys cooking, doing taekwondo and finding new dinner spots in the city. As an intern for IPEP, Zoë will assist with analysis for Disclosure and Apology After Medical Errors and Adverse Events project, conduct research for our Patient-Centered Anesthesia Informed Consent project, and collect data for the Aligning Family-Team Expectations During Surgical Consent initiative. She is excited to be a part of so many projects during her time here and hopes to learn how IPEP is changing medical professionals’ mindsets regarding their day to day practice.


IPEP Begins Holding PERCS Workshops at Landmark Center Offices

This month, IPEP begins holding its inaugural PERCS workshops in its own offices at the Landmark Center building in the Fenway Triangle. Thus far, IPEP has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with our partners at SIMPeds who have hosted many of our simulation based workshops to date. However, with the installation of our own audio/visual equipment, we are excited to announce this new beginning of a new chapter in IPEP’s simulation based programming. Thus far, IPEP’s Landmark Simulation suite has hosted the PERCS: Neurology- Challenges in Supervision workshop, with more simulation-based workshops and educational events expected in the near future.

To learn more about IPEP’s PERCS Workshop offerings, read more here.


IPEP Writing Collaborative Book Group: “What Doctors Feel” Offers Opportunity for Vibrant Discussion 

Earlier last month, the IPEP Writing Collaborative hosted Jon “Wes” Boyd, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Center for Bioethics to lead a vibrant discussion regarding Danielle Ofri’s, MD, PhD acclaimed book, “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine”. Often, clinicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life’s most challenging moments. However, doctors’ responses to the emotional extremes of everyday practice have a profound impact on the delivery of medical care. During the discussion, Dr. Boyd led us, a group consisting of many of IPEP’s core staff and interns, along with regular Writing Collaborative Book Club attendee, Dr. Lynn Bush, PhD, MS, MA, and one call-in participant. The conversation focused on the changing culture of medicine, and how it is vital that more opportunities arise for both clinicians-in-training and veteran medical professionals to share their emotional experiences and find community in what is often previously unidentified shared experiences. We look forward to the next Writing Collaborative Book Group, and we hope you’ll join us as well!


Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN Represents IPEP at the Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, FL

IPEP Director, Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN represented the Institute at the annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), this year held in sunny Orlando, FL. While there, Dr. Meyer presented a lecture on “The Art of Public Speaking”, stemming from the lessons she learned while presenting her TEDx talk, “On Being Present, Not Perfect” and participated in important discussions surrounding the future of simulation-based healthcare training. Coordinated by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an organization for which Dr. Meyer chairs the External Strategic Relations Committee, the annual IMSH is the largest and most trusted healthcare simulation conference featuring peer-reviewed learning and the latest industry-specific products to enhance simulation-based healthcare training. Considered the educational and networking event for the simulation world, exhibitors reach a diverse audience of physicians, nurses, educators, administrators, center operations directors, technology specialists, and other healthcare providers involved in all forms of simulation-based training.

January 2017

Preetam Cholli, 3rd-Year Medical Student Presents Research Findings to Boston Children’s Hospital Staff

Preetam Cholli, a 3rd-year medical student at University of Massachusetts Medical School and former IPEP Research Intern was invited to present his findings from his recent publication, “Family Perspectives on Whiteboard Use and Recommendations for Improved Practice”, in the journal, Hospital Pediatrics. Cholli, along with his co-authors, colleagues, and mentors at IPEP, recognized the value of whiteboard use for patient families and clinicians in clinical settings. In their study, Cholli explored the perspectives of pediatric patients’ families and preferences for whiteboard use, and established recommendations for whiteboards utilization as tools for patient-centered communication and care. Cholli’s research cited the importance of the use of whiteboards to healthcare providers across disciplines with the potential to improve teamwork, communication, and patient care. However, despite their widely established use in hospital settings, Cholli and his colleagues acknowledged that the usefulness of whiteboards was not evenly agreed upon by healthcare providers, and therefore are not utilized as often as they could be to be most effective.

Read Preetam Cholli’s, et al. study


IPEP’s Inaugural 2017 Faculty Retreat a Success

The inaugural 2017 IPEP Faculty Retreat was a success! Boasting the attendance of 23 of IPEP’s leaders, faculty, collaborators and staff, the Retreat continues to be an opportunity for renewal and replenishment for all involved. During this particular Faculty Retreat, the group gathered for conversation regarding the Institute’s exciting recent developments, the publication of the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary (link), and an invigorating discussion about strategic planning for IPEP’s future—envisioning IPEP 2.0. Highlights of the Retreat included a plethora of unique ideas about IPEP’s opportunities and growth, as well as a variety of Quotes of Note to inspire strength in the face of change. As always, each of us at the Institute is enormously grateful to all who attended the Faculty Retreat for consistently being a source of strength, wisdom, and support for IPEP’s mission, initiatives, and vision. We look forward to a similarly productive Faculty Retreat in June 2017.


Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN Promoted to Chair of External Strategic Relations Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

IPEP’s Director, Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, has been promoted to the Chair of the External Strategic Relations Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). The Society for Simulation in Healthcare was established in 2004 by professionals seeking to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Through the utilization of simulation, SSH members, including physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators, and developers from around the globe, advance education, testing and research efforts in healthcare. SSH “fosters the improvement and application of simulation-based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers” (ssh.org).

Previously seated as the Vice Chair of the SSH’s External Relations Committee, Dr. Meyer, a member of SSH for over 11 years, now oversees the fulfillment of the committee’s responsibilities. Included in these responsibilities is engagement with other organizations, both domestic and international, including other professional societies, associations and networks, healthcare practitioners and providers, the simulation industry, government agencies, and the public, to ensure that all SSH programming with external partners contributes directly to the fulfillment of the Society’s mission and goals.

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