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To promote relational learning for health care professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice

IPEP Partners with International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare

charter_logo_28-11-2012-01-GOODcropIPEP is pleased to announce that it is a Partner of the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare.  The Charter is an international, interprofessional collaborative effort to restore the primacy of human values necessary for practicing compassionate, ethical, and safe healthcare around the world.  Created in early 2011, the Charter is a major initiative of the International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Technology Sydney, Australia.  Please click here for more information.

Melissa Heywood awarded the Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship

MelissaHeywoodMelissa Heywood, PERCS Coordinator for Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, has been awarded the Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship.  This scholarship offers a unique opportunity for an outstanding RCH nurse to further develop their career while helping achieve the hospital’s goal of being a great children’s hospital.  This goal can be achieved by having a nursing staff that is well informed of current and innovative practices and models of care both in Australia and internationally.  Heywood will utilize this scholarship to further her work and involvement with IPEP and PERCS in Boston.

The How To’s of Teaching Difficult Conversations

Difficult_Conversatons_IMG_2581_smallDifficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice is a 1-day faculty development course that will be offered two more times in 2014 – Saturday, May 17, 2014 and Saturday, June 7, 2014 – at Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham. The course is designed for physicians in all specialties, residency and clerkship directors, medical education leaders, medical educators, and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals (social workers, psychologists, and others) interested in and/or involved in teaching interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, relationship-centered care, patient-practitioner relationships and related topics. To read more about the course and to register, please click here.

PERCS goes to Australia

RCHWe are proud to announce the recent launch of PERCS at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne in October 2013.  Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, was on site in Australia for this exciting milestone.  Due to the exceptional efforts of Melissa Heywood, a liaison nurse in the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program at Royal Children’s, and her colleagues, the inaugural workshops were a success.

Pictured above are Dr. Elaine Meyer (IPEP Director), Liat Harrower (Royal Children’s Hospital Family Faculty member), Andrew Blackman (actor), Melissa Heywood (Royal Children’s Hospital PERCS Coordinator), and Veronica Porcaro (actor).

American Academy of Neurology Grant Awarded

David UrionIPEP faculty associate David Urion, MD (pictured at left), along with Claudio DeGusmao, MD, Donna Luff, PhD, and IPEP’s Director Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, are the recipients of a 2014 Education Research Grant from the American Academy of Neurology’s Education Committee and the Education Research Subcommittee.  The grant will fund a project entitled “Assessing the Impact of an Actor-Based Curriculum for Enhancing Communication and Relational Skills in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residents: a pilot study.” This initiative will broaden the scope of the PERCS educational model by exploring its clinical impact through mixed research methodology. The goal of the study is to explore the impact PERCS workshops have on the difficult conversations faced by workshop graduates in their clinical practice.

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Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism

PERCS Books & Films

PERCS Rounds

PERCS Rounds - Navigating the Challenges of Everyday Practice (Optimizing “Wait Time” for Patients, Families and Staff While Awaiting Psychiatric Placement) will take place at 12pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds (When World’s Intersect: Ethical Challenges in Cross Cultural Care) will take place at 11am on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer and Christine Rachwal.

These monthly forums for Boston Children’s Hospital employees are an opportunity for hospital staff to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and learn about challenging questions in everyday professional practice.  If you are interested in learning more about these events, please contact us.

Visiting Professor – William T. Branch, MD, MACP

William T. Branch, MD, MACP, Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, is a visiting professor for the Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism. He will present at Medical Grand Rounds on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from noon to 1 pm in the Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building.

Grand Rounds Topic: “The Road to Professionalism: A Life-Long Journey.”

The Faculty Education Fellowship is sponsored by IPEP; co-sponsors include the Office of Faculty Development, The Academy at Children’s, and the Office of Graduate Medical Education. For more information on Dr. Branch, please click here.

Archived Features

The IPEP leadership team and faculty have been showcased in a number of feature articles and announcements over the past few years. To read more, click here.