Fellowship: News, Updates, and Events

News and Updates

Interprofessional Faculty Leadership Fellows: What are they learning?

Eleven faculty education leaders in four different professions– medicine, nursing, social work, and psychology– share what they are learning in the Fellowship.  Learn more about the Fellow’s experience here.

Learning from the Master: Fostering Humanistic Learning Environments and Reducing Burnout

Organizational culture and learning environments play an important role in the development of burnout among clinicians, which in turn impacts healthcare professionals’ capacity to practice humanistically and the patient’s experience of care.  We are working to reduce burnout and improve clinician well-being through the Faculty Fellowships, curricula on values, and the recent events with Dr. William Branch, Visiting Professor for the Faculty Fellowships. Learn more in Dr. Rider’s blog post.

Upcoming Events

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

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.

Event launch:

Finding the Right Balance When Giving Bad News: Providing Information, Dealing with Emotions, and Designing an Action Plan, October 27, 2016

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.

Past Events

Visiting Professor for the Faculty Fellowships – Dr. William Branch

September 2017:  William T. Branch, Jr., MD, MACP, FACH, the Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, was a visiting professor for both Faculty Fellowships in September 2017. Dr. Branch is an internationally recognized leader and innovator in medical education.

Hosted by IPEP and the Department of Medical Education, Dr. Branch spoke with enthusiastic audiences during several special events noted below.


Healthcare at the Crossroads: Maintaining Values, Meaning, and Resilience in Today’s Healthcare Environment

This lively event [LINK-1: to flyer for this event] served as a formal ‘launch’ of the Faculty Fellows Humanism Series–Cultivating Humanism: Nurturing a Culture for Safe, Compassionate Healthcare. Participants included the Boston Children’s Hospital community, Faculty Fellows, Harvard Medical School faculty, graduate students and others.


“There is nothing to replace the human interaction.”

We have before us a “tremendous opportunity to change culture

by relating to each other as human beings.”

–William Branch, Jr, MD, MACP


 Words Create Worlds: Appreciative Inquiry Narratives of Highly Humanistic Clinicians

A special session for the 32 Faculty Education and Faculty IPE Leadership Fellows with Dr. Branch included a spirited discussion about how professional growth occurs, and facilitating reflection as a means for professional formation.

 Fostering Humanistic Culture

An interprofessional group comprised of BCH Academy leadership and members, program directors, and other education leaders attended a special Department of Medical Education lunch where they discussed ways to encourage and foster more humanistic organizational culture and safe, interprofessional learning environments.

Additional information about these events can be seen here.