Learning Opportunities

A variety of learning opportunities are available for you to enhance your practice through improved communication and confidence during a challenging conversation with a patient or family member.  Whether through a live workshop, fellowship, or online course, providers will be immersed in world class educational quality and empirically-based understanding of how to navigate difficult medical conversations.  

Through experiential learning, simulated live case re-enactments, evocative trigger films, and exposure to values and everyday ethics you will explore and improve communication in your area of clinical practice.Workshops and courses are especially designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to put your learning into practice right away. 


The fellowship programs are designed to improve faculty teaching effectiveness in difficult conversations, humanism, and professionalism in health care.  Fellowships are also focused on developing faculty committed to promoting humanistic values in teaching and learning environments.


IPEP is in the process of developing patient and family centered communication educational programs. Our goal is to help patients and families communicate with their clinicians in the event of a difficult diagnosis or other challenging conversations and become partners in the care of the patient.


Our online learning modules give individual clinicians from all over the world the opportunity to learn about the concepts and approaches to having difficult medical conversations.  Courses are developed and produced by our expert faculty and use a variety of teaching methods including didactic learning, case re-enactments, and video presentations.  

PERCS Rounds (internal BCH staff only)

PERCS Rounds are monthly forums held by the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Program and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for Boston Children’s Hospital employees that offer an opportunity for clinical staff to engage in interdisciplinary discussion  while learning about challenging questions in everyday professional practice. David Browning, IPEP Senior Scholar Emeritus, currently leads these hour-long sessions, the topics of which are determined by unit champions.  See our calendar for upcoming rounds.