The Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism & Professionalism

About

The Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism began at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013. The overarching goal for the Faculty Education Fellowship is to improve faculty teaching effectiveness and role modeling in humanism and professionalism, and to develop faculty committed to promoting humanistic values in teaching and learning environments and to serve as positive influences on the institutional culture in these areas.

Learning environments significantly influence the professional formation of trainees. William Branch, Jr., MD, MACP and colleagues developed a multi-institutional Collaborative Faculty Development Project to train physician education leaders to promote more humanistic teaching and to mitigate the effects of the hidden curriculum.

Boston Children’s Hospital is one of 10 national sites, and the first pediatric site, to implement curricula for humanism and professionalism for faculty, starting in 2013. The program at Boston Children’s is unique in that we have created an innovative 1-year Faculty Education Fellowship, rather than a course. We have also expanded the curriculum to include: values and skilled communication, appreciative inquiry background and concepts, and additional topics.

The development and implementation of the Faculty Education Fellowship was partially funded by a multi-institutional grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation (Dr. William Branch, Jr. as PI). Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD (site PI) was awarded funding to implement a curriculum in humanism and professionalism for Boston Children’s faculty. Dr. Rider, Director of Academic Programs for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice and a member of the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Medicine is Director of the Faculty Education Fellowship.

Faculty Education Fellowship

Fellowship Sponsors

Sponsor:

  • The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice

Co-Sponsors include:

  • The Office of Faculty Development
  • The Boston Children’s Hospital Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship
  • The Office of Graduate Medical Education

Faculty Education Fellows

The first cohort of 10 Faculty Education Fellows (2013 – 2014) included faculty from across Boston Children’s, many in educational leadership roles. The Fellows have implemented – in their various departments and divisions – teaching, feedback, mentoring, and workshops modeled after the fellowship program curricula. After the formal fellowship year was completed, the Fellows elected to continue to meet quarterly. The 2013 – 2014 Fellows are developing a project to promote humanistic learning environments and culture across the institution.

We are excited to announce our second group of Faculty Education Fellows. This group of 11 faculty began the fellowship in mid-September 2015.

New Faculty Education Fellows: 2015 – 2016

Eman Ansari, MD, MPHAnsari_Eman
Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine

 

 

Jeffrey Bolton, MDbolton_jeff
Department of Neurology, Division of Epilepsy

 

 

Martha Cesena

Martha Cesena, MD
Department of Psychiatry

 

 

Isabelle ChaseIsabelle Chase, DDS
Department of Dentistry

 

 

Christy CummingsChristy Cummings, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Newborn Medicine

 

 

Frederick_NatashaNatasha Nichole Frederick, MD, MPH, MST
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

 

 

Liaw_ShihNingShih-Ning Liaw, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology Palliative Care

 

 

Catherine PerronCatherine E. Perron, MD 
Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine 

 

 

sansevere_arnoldArnold J. Sansevere, MD
Department of Neurology, Division of Epilepsy

 

 

todd_jenniferJennifer Todd, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

 

 

LIsa WongLisa M. Wong, MD
Associate Director, Arts & Humanities @ Harvard Medical School

 

 

Faculty Education Fellows: 2013 – 2014

Renee BrandtRenee Brant, MD
Department of Psychiatry

 

 

Emily DavidsonEmily Jean Davidson, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine

 

 

Davis_CarmonCarmon Davis, MD, MPH, MBA
Department of Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics

 

 

Sara FormanSara Forman, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine

 

 

Robert GeggelRobert Geggel, MD
Department of Cardiology

 

 

Daniel KaminDaniel Kamin, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Nutrition

 

 

Yuan-Chi LinYuan-Chi Lin, MD, MPH
Department of Anesthesia, Division of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

 

 

Sarah PittsSarah Pitts, MD 
Department of Medicine, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine

 

 

rosen_dennisDennis Rosen, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Diseases

 

 

smith_jessicaJessica Smith, MD
Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Program Information

Faculty Education Fellows in Medical Humanism and Professionalism include physicians affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital who are interested in teaching and medical education. Fellows meet for 1½-hour faculty development sessions (i.e., small group learning sessions) twice a month for 1 year (24 sessions). Faculty fellows participate in a supportive learning process. Some level of involvement in teaching residents, fellows, and/or medical students is preferred, though not essential. No project is required.

Curriculum topics include: active role modeling, appreciative inquiry narratives and reflection, highly functioning interprofessional teams, communicating caring attitudes, reflective teaching, feedback/difficult feedback, bedside teaching, boundary transgressions, well-being and renewal, learner-centered skill sessions, and others. We have developed exciting curricula on values and skilled communication based on the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare.

Benefits for Participants

The Fellowship provides opportunities for the faculty to:

  • Enhance teaching skills and role modeling in topics related to medical humanism and professionalism
  • Increase reflective capacities and the ability to use these in teaching
  • Serve as inspiring teachers and role models, and to promote a humanistic culture across the institution
  • Participate in an ongoing small supportive group of like-minded faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Enhance their professional development and promotion portfolios
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with faculty from other departments and divisions at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Participants will become part of a national alumni group of faculty who have participated in several cohorts of this project.
  • “Short track” into membership of The Academy for Innovation in Education at Boston Children’s Hospital by participating in the Fellowship and completing an educational project. There is no project requirement for faculty fellows who are already members of the Academy or who do not plan to become Academy members at present.

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, reflecting on their learning over the course of the fellowship, and further evaluation of the impact of the curricula.

Participating National Institutions

The following institutions are currently (2015+) participating in this multi-site national project:

Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical University of South Carolina
Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

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Faculty Education Fellows in the News

Christy Cummings, MD – received the Boston Children’s Hospital Academy for Innovation in Education Scholar Award. (2015)

Emily Davidson, MD, MPH – received Boston Children’s Hospital’s 2014 David S. Weiner Award. (May 2014)

Sarah Forman, MD – received Boston Children’s Hospital Community Pediatrician Award (2013)

Daniel S. Kamin, MD – received the 2014 Robert P. Masland, Jr., Award for Excellence in Teaching at Children’s Hospital Boston (June 2014), and an Academy Center for Teaching and Learning 2014 Award for Excellence in Tutoring at HMS. Dr. Kamin also was named a 2014-2015 Morgan-Zinsser Fellow of the Academy in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School.

Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, MPH – co-authored a recently published book: Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, MPH and Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, eds. Acupuncture for Pain Management. Springer: New York, 2014.  Dr. Lin also directed an HMS CME course on Effective Pediatric Pain Management and End of Life Care. Children’s Medical Staff Organization members were invited to attend as guests. (March 2014)

Dennis Rosen, MD – authored the recently published book Vital Conversations: Improving Communication between Doctors and Patients, Columbia University Press, September 2014.

Arnold Sansevere, MD – received the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Neurology Faculty Development Fellowship, an award of the Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. (2015)

Faculty Fellowship Events

 

Fostering Caring Organizational Cultures
The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH): Increasing Joy in Medicine is a collaborative conference of the American Medical Association (AMA), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and British Medical Association (BMA). Held every other year, the conference was in Boston September 18 – 20, 2016. Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD gave an oral presentation, “Fostering Caring Organizational Cultures: Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism”. The presentation, coauthored with William Branch, Jr., MD, MACP of Emory University School of Medicine, discussed faculty development aimed at creating more humanistic organizational cultures and learning environments by training faculty members committed to humanistic values.

An additional presentation, “It Sustains Me”: How Physicians Draw Satisfaction and Overcome Barriers in their Practices by Amy Weil, MD, Lars Osterberg, MD, Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD and William Branch, Jr, MD, for the Cultural and Organizational Factors that Support or Create Barriers to Humanism National Project Group, described the results of a study designed to understand motivating factors and barriers to faculty physicians’ humanistic practices.

Fellowship Shared at Academic Pediatric Association Region I Annual Meeting
The Academic Pediatric Association Region I meeting was held at The Inn at Longwood Medical on March 14, 2016. The focus of the meeting was Pathways to Academic Productivity: Professional Development in Pediatric Research, Education, and Quality Improvement. Fellowship Director Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD presented Promoting a Culture of Caring in Pediatrics: The Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism.

Fellowship Presented at International Conference 
The Faculty Education Fellowship was presented at the 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) in New Orleans, October 2015, by Fellowship Director Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD. The presentation, Transforming Learning Environments: A Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism, described the innovative development and implementation of the Faculty Fellowship at Boston Children’s and its aim to develop faculty committed to promoting humanistic values in teaching and learning environments throughout the institution.

A second presentation at ICCH, What Encourages or Imposes Barriers to Humanism in Young Faculty Members, by MaryAnn Gilligan, MD, William Branch, Jr., MD and Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD for the Cultural and Organizational Factors that Support or Create Barriers to Humanism National Project Group, described initial results from a study of faculty members enrolled in the curriculum at eight medical schools/institutions, including Boston Children’s. This ongoing study is supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Fellowship Presented at Harvard Macy Institute Celebration
Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, Director of the Harvard Macy Institute, requested that Children’s Faculty Education Fellowship be presented at The Harvard Macy Institute 20th Anniversary Symposium – Educating to Innovate in Healthcare: Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation at the Harvard Macy Institute, June 2014. Click here to view the poster.

Visiting Professor for the Faculty Education Fellowship
William T. Branch, Jr., MD, MACP, FAACH,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 the Faculty Fellowship in March 2014.Branch

  • For more information about Dr. Branch and his visit, please click here.
  • To view Dr. Branch’s Medical Grand Rounds presentation, “The Road to Professionalism: A Life-Long Journey”, please click here.

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 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.

Stay tuned for upcoming events.

Faculty Education Fellowship – Applications

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism: Fostering Tomorrow’s Leaders. Applications for the 2015 – 2016 Fellowship year are now closed.

The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Education Fellows began the fellowship in September 2015.

We will post application opportunities on this website. For those seeking additional information, the flyer for the current 2015 – 2016 Fellowship year can be viewed here.

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

Resources

Please click here for a list of resources.

 

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