Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education


Medical Team Meeting Around Female Patient In Hospital Room

We are pleased to announce the  Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education at Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. The first cohort of Faculty Fellows began the Fellowship in November 2016.  The Faculty Fellowship flyer can be downloaded here (pdf).


The Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education aims to build a collaborative, humanistic (meaning guided by the humanistic values of respect, service, compassion, integrity, honesty) group of educational leaders from different health professions, who will get to know, appreciate and respect one another and their professions, and will master teamwork, communication skills and other relevant topics leading to enhanced understanding and desire to work together to promote interprofessional education (IPE) at their institutions.

The goal is to build enduring trusting relationships among interprofessional education (IPE) faculty leaders at each of 7 national sites. These leaders will serve as collaborative role models committed to creating successful strategies to educate others about humanism and to developing future generations of IPE leaders at their institutions.

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) / Harvard Medical School is one of the seven national sites selected to train faculty leaders in interprofessional education and leadership. Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, Director of Academic Programs for BCH’s Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, and member of the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, received partial support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation for this new national initiative, “Faculty Development for the Interprofessional Teaching of Humanism.” Dr. Rider is the site leader and Co-PI.  William Branch, Jr., MD at Emory University School of Medicine is the Principal Investigator and leads the 7-site national project.

At each site, a group of 8 – 10 education leaders from at least three professions participate in ongoing interprofessional education (IPE) faculty development sessions. Each site will plan and implement a humanistic IPE project at their institution.

The program at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School is unique in that we have developed a faculty fellowship, rather than just providing a seminar. We are also the first site to implement and adapt the curriculum for pediatric and adolescent medicine faculty.

Fellowship Sponsors


  • The Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice
  • Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Medical Education

Co-sponsors include:

  • BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship
  • The Office of Faculty Development, BCH
  • The Office of Graduate Medical Education, BCH
  • Nursing/Patient Care at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • BCH Department of Social Work
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare
  • (Additional sponsors forthcoming)

Faculty IPE Leadership Fellows 2016-2017


Paulette DiAngi, PhD, RN
MGH Institute of Health Professions;
Center for Interprofessional Studies


greg-durkinGreg Durkin, BSN, MEd
Clinical Education and Informatics;
Nursing Patient Care Services, BCH


roxane-gardnerRoxane Gardner, MD, MPH, MS-HPEd DSc
Department of Adoslescent Gynecology, BCH;
Center for Medical Simulation, MGH


hackett_laurieLaurie Hacket, MSW, LICSW
Department of Social Work;
Pediatric Transplant Center


heath_jamieJamie Health, MD 
Department of Neurology;
Inpatient Neurology


kendrickelizabeth-1Elizabeth Kendrick, MSW, LICSW  
Department of Social Work;
Inpatient Surgical Programs


erinn-rhodesErinn Rhodes, MD, MPH
Division of Endocrinology;
Department of Medicine


gabriela_toutin_diasGabriela Toutin Dias, MSc  
Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice;
Clinical Health Psychology


andrea_vandeven-1Andrea Vandeven, MD, MPH  
Division of General Pediatrics;
Department of Medicine


sally-huntoon-vitaliSally Vitali, MD  
Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine;
Division of Critical Care Medicine


laura-woodjpg-ashxLaura Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC    
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Operations;
Chief Nursing Officer



Program Information

Benefits for Participants

The Fellowship provides the opportunity for faculty to:

  • Gain expertise in interprofessional collaboration and humanistic health professions education with a committed cohort of interprofessional colleagues
  • Build a community of faculty education leaders from at least three professions
  • Enhance teaching skills and role modeling overall, and in interprofessional education, teamwork, communication skills, humanism and professionalism
  • Enhance reflective capacities and the ability to use these in teaching
  • Become part of a national alumni group of faculty participating in this project
  • As a group, plan, implement and evaluate an interprofessional humanistic IPE project at the institution
Program Structure
  • Participants are part of a small interprofessional group of approximately 10 faculty members who will meet together 1½ hours twice a month for 8 months (16 sessions).
  • Sessions take place at Boston Children’s Hospital.
medical-team-hudlleWho should apply

Established and emerging education leaders and others from various healthcare professions – e.g. physicians, dentists, social workers, advanced practice nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and others – who are interested in healthcare teaching and education are encouraged to apply.

We look for participants who are able to commit to attending 1½-hour faculty development sessions (i.e., small group learning sessions) twice a month for 8 months (16 sessions).

Some involvement in teaching/ training students, interns, residents, fellows,or  other trainees, and/or involvement in clinical supervision, clinical course /clinical skills teaching, etc. is preferred, though not required.


The curriculum includes topics such as:

  • Appreciative Inquiry / Narrative Reflection
  • Highly functioning teams: Appreciation of team members
  • Advanced Team Formation: Dealing with differences and conflict
  • Error disclosure & team formation
  • After the error: Learning, growth, and wisdom
  • Through the patient’s eye: An exercise in empathy
  • Giving bad news: A teaching exercise
  • Well-being and renewal
  • Mindfulness
  • Interprofessional education
  • Identifying and sustaining core values-based on the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare
  • With their cohort colleagues, Faculty Fellows will create, implement, and evaluate an interprofessional education humanism group project for the institution.

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Participating National Institutions

  • Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Indiana University School of Medicine

Site leaders at each institution also serve, or have served, as site leaders for the Passing the Torch: Fostering Medical Humanism Through Faculty Role Models ongoing faculty development project.

The development of the Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education is modeled after the successful Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School’s Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism which has had 21 current and past Faculty Education Fellows to date. For more information about that fellowship, please see: http://ipepweb.org/the-faculty-education-fellowship-in-medical-humanism-and-professionalism.

Additional Information

Research Component: As the curriculum is part of a national multi-site project, fellows will participate in evaluation of the curricula by completing several short surveys and reflecting on their learning over the course of the fellowship.

Tuition:  TBD. We anticipate most participants will receive support from their departments and/or can utilize conference, departmental, or personal professional development funds.

Certificates will be provided to those completing the fellowship. We are hoping to be able to offer continuing education credits.

Fellowship Director and Site Leader:

Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, LICSW, MD
Director of Academic Programs, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice
Director, Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism
Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Vice President, Partnerships & Networking, and Carlton Horbelt Senior Fellow, National Academies of Practice
Associate Editor, Patient Education and Counseling
Founding Member, International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare

Session co-facilitator:

Deborah D. Navedo, PhD, CPNP, FNAP
Director, Health Professions Education Program
Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation (CIPSI)
MGH Institute of Health Professions


Upcoming Events – The Faculty Fellows Humanism Series 

Cultivating Humanism: Nurturing a Culture for Safe, Compassionate Healthcare The Faculty Fellows Humanism Series

The Faculty Fellows Humanism Series is designed to nurture values and to foster safe, caring humanistic organizational cultures and learning environments. We hope to develop a critical number of faculty members, administrators, staff and trainees committed to humanistic values and to demonstrating these in learning and clinical care settings across the institution.

The Faculty Fellows Humanism Series will provide formal and informal learning events, activities, and resources to teach broad aspects of humanism and humanistic values across the culture of the organization. The series is presented by the Faculty Education and Leadership Fellowships:

The Faculty Fellows Humanism Series Events:

Finding the Right Balance When Giving Bad News: Providing Information, Dealing with Emotions, and Designing an Action Plan

Our first event was an interactive seminar on October 27, 2016 presented by Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Education, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. ‘Giving bad news’ interactions in medicine are significant and challenging––for patients, family members, physicians and team members. The manner of communication is critical. Dr. Karnieli-Miller shared her work on deepening our understanding of the nature of giving bad news encounters and classifying the different types of interactions within them.

For more information on this past event, please see the flyer here.

IPE Leaders Fellowship Events

Fellowship Shared at Academic Pediatric Association Region I Meeting

The Academic Pediatric Association Region I Spring Meeting was held at Boston Children’s Hospital in Waltham on March 27, 2017. The focus of the meeting was Thriving in a Changing Academic Medical Landscape. A Fellowship poster – Nurturing Caring Organizational Cultures in Pediatrics: A Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education – was presented.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty Fellowship for the Leaders in Collaborative and Humanistic Interprofessional Education. Applications for the 2016-2017 Fellowship are now closed. The 2016-2017 Faculty Interprofessional Education Leadership Fellows began the fellowship in November 2016.

We will post future application opportunities on this website. For those seeking additional information, the flyer for the current 2016-2017 Fellowship can be viewed here.

For inquiries: Sylvia Lewinstein, Program Administration Manager, sylvia.lewinstein@childrens.harvard.edu


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Selected References and Resources

Branch WT, Chou CL, Farber NJ, Hatem D, Keenan C, Makoul G, Quinn M, Salazar W, Sillman J, Stuber M, Wilkerson LA, Mathew G, Fost M. Faculty development to enhance humanistic teaching and role modeling: A collaborative study at eight institutions. J Gen Intern Med 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-2927-5.

Branch Jr. WT, Frankel R, Gracey CF, Haidet PM, Weissmann PF, Cantey P, Mitchell GA, Inui TS. A good clinician and a caring person: longitudinal faculty development and the enhancement of the human dimensions of care. Acad Med. 2009; 84: 117-125.

Cable C, Knab M, Tham KY, Navedo D, Armstrong A. Why Are You Here? Needs analysis of an interprofessional health-education graduate degree program. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2014; 5:83-88.

Lamba S, Strang A, Edelman D, Navedo D, Soto-Greene M, Guarino AJ. Promoting interprofessionalism: initial evaluation of a master of science in health professions education degree program. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2016:7 51–55

The Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism. Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. 2014. Available at: http://ipepweb.org/the-faculty-education-fellowship-in-medical-humanism-and-professionalism/

Rider EA, Brashers VL.  Team-based learning: a strategy for interprofessional collaboration.  Medical Education 2006;40:486-7.

Rider EA, Keefer CH. Communication skills competencies: definitions and a teaching toolbox. Medical Education 2006;40:624-9.

Rider EA, Kurtz S, Slade D, Longmaid III HE, Ho M-J, Pun JKH, Eggins S, Branch Jr. WT. The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare: An interprofessional global collaboration to enhance values and communication in healthcare. Patient Educ Couns 2014;96:273-280. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.06.017

Rider EA, Nawotniak RH. A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, 2nd edition. Marblehead, MA: HCPro, Inc., 2010, 394 pages.


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