Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in

Humanistic Interprofessional Education

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Humanistic Interprofessional Education at Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School are now available.  The application deadline is February 16, 2018. The Fellowship will begin in March 2018.

Please see below for information about the Faculty Fellowship and the application process.


The Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in Humanistic Interprofessional Education aims to build a collaborative, humanistic (meaning guided by the humanistic values of respect, service, compassion, integrity, honesty) group of clinical and education leaders from different health professions, who will get to know, appreciate and respect one another, 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 for promoting humanistic values in teaching and learning environments and organizational cultures, 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. Deb Navedo, PhD, CPNP, FNAP, Director of the Health Professions Education Program in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, MGH Institute for Health Professions, co-leads the Fellowship sessions with Dr. Rider.

At each of the 7 national sites, 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 providing a seminar. We are also the first site to implement and adapt the curriculum for pediatric and adolescent medicine faculty.

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. They have developed the Interprofessional Faculty Development Curriculum in Humanism that is used nationally.

The development of the Faculty Fellowship for Leaders in 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 Faculty Education Fellows to date. 

A total of 32 healthcare professionals have completed one of the Faculty Fellowships.

Fellowship Sponsors


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

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

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 colleaguesEnhance 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
  • Build a community of faculty education leaders from at least three different professions
  • 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.

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 16 sessions, plus 2 – 3 humanism project group meetings during the year.

  • Sessions take place at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Who should apply

  • Established and emerging education leaders, clinicians, and others from various healthcare professions – e.g. physicians, dentists, social workers, advanced practice nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chaplains, 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 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 is designed around interprofessional education and collaboration and is applicable to those involved in healthcare institutions that care for patients of any age across the lifespan.

The curriculum includes topics such as:

  • Appreciative Inquiry / Narrative Reflection

  • Identifying and sustaining core values, and the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare

  • Highly functioning teams: Appreciation of team members

  • Advanced team formation: Dealing with differences and conflict

  • Interprofessional education

  • 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

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion

  • Well-being and renewal

  • Mindfulness

  • With their cohort colleagues, Faculty Fellows will create, implement, and evaluate an interprofessional education humanism group project.

Additional Information

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

IPE Fellows: 2016-2017

Paulette DiAngi, PhD, RN

Paulette DiAngi, PhD, RN

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Center for Interprofessional Studies
Office of the Provost

Greg Durkin, BSN, MEd

Greg Durkin, BSN, MEd

Clinical Education & Informatics
Nursing Patient Care Services

Elizabeth Kendrick, MS, LICSW

Elizabeth Kendrick, MS, LICSW

Department of Social Work
Inpatient Surgical Programs

Jamie Heath, MD

Jamie Heath, MD

Department of Neurology
Inpatient Neurology

Laurie Hackett, MSW, LICSW

Laurie Hackett, MSW, LICSW

Department of Social Work
Pediatric Transplant Center

Erinn Rhodes, MD, MPH

Erinn Rhodes, MD, MPH

Division of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine

Sally Vitali, MD

Sally Vitali, MD

Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Division of Critical Care Medicine

Laura Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Laura Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President
Patient Care Operations & Chief Nursing Officer
Nursing/Patient Care Services
Boston Children’s Hospital

Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, MS-HPEd DSc

Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, MS-HPEd DSc

Department of Adolescent Gynecology, BCH
Department of ObGyn, BWH
Center for Medical Simulation, MGH

Andrea Vandeven, MD, MPH

Andrea Vandeven, MD, MPH

Division of General Pediatrics
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Department of Medicine

Application Process

Apply here.


$2,500. We anticipate most participants will receive support from their departments and/or can utilize conference, departmental, or personal professional development funds.

Continuing Education

We are applying for continuing education credits.  Certificates will be provided to those completing the fellowship. 

Application Packet

Completed application consists of:

  1. Application Form:  Please complete the online application here: Application Form (thru Survey Monkey)
  2. CV or shorter or NIH biosketch version if available; longer is fine also
  3. Completed Department Chair/Division Chief:  Supervisor Approval Form (pdf)

Please send #2 and #3 above to Sylvia Lewinstein, Program Administrator, sylvia.lewinstein@childrens.harvard.edu by no later than February 16, 2018.

Deadline:  The deadline for the receipt of the above materials is February 16, 2018.

Flyer:  You can download a copy of the Fellowship flyer for 2018 here:  Faculty IPE Fellowship flyer 2018

Contact information

Application Process:  For questions about the application process, please contact Sylvia Lewinstein, Program Administrator, at sylvia.lewinstein@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-355-5021.

Fellowship:  For questions about the content of the fellowship or the fellowship itself, please contact: Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, Fellowship Director, at elizabeth.rider@childrens.harvard.edu


Fellowship Director and Site Leader:

Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, LICSW, MD
Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, LICSW, MD

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 and 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
Deborah D. Navedo, PhD, CPNP, FNAP

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

Fellowship News, Updates, and Events

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.