Congratulations to Boston Children’s own Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, who was recently awarded the 2016 Platinum Medal for Excellence in Person Centered Healthcare by the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH). Rider was selected from a pool of 397 nominations to receive the award, which recognizes excellence in person-centered health care advocacy, scholarship, research and teaching.
Rider is a member of the Division of General Pediatrics and the director of Academic Programs for the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice (IPEP), where she creates and directs programs to enhance the relational skills and professionalism of health care leaders, faculty, trainees and clinicians. She is a founder of and currently directs Boston Children’s and Harvard Medical School’s first Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism and the first Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education.
In addition to her work at Boston Children’s, Rider caught ESPCH’s attention for her leadership of the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare. The Charter is an interprofessional collaborative of individuals, organizations and institutions around the world working to restore human values to health care including Compassion, Commitment to Excellence and Justice in Healthcare.
When ESPCH President and Chairman of Council Sir Jonathan Asbridge, DSc, presented the award to Rider at the organization’s annual conference in London, he acknowledged the Charter as a “major contribution to the development of more person-centered healthcare system globally.”
ESPCH is not first to recognize Rider’s work. In 2009, Boston Children’s named her Community Pediatrician of the Year for her work at the hospital and in the community. And in 2012, she received the National Academies of Practice’s Nicholas Cummings Award, a national award for extraordinary contributions to interprofessional health care education and practice.