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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

Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN “On Being Present, Not Perfect”

This past spring, Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN was invited to deliver a TEDxLongwood Talk. Entitled “On Being Present, Not Perfect,” Dr. Meyer draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them. She introduces the Institute’s educational philosophy of the “one room schoolhouse” and shares a Wizard of OZ metaphor to describe the key ingredients of honest, direct, and genuine conversations. You can view the video of this talk below. If you are interested in learning more about the Institute and its philosophy after viewing this talk, please click here.

Robert D. Truog, MD named Director of Harvard Medical School’s new Center for Bioethics

TruogHarvard Medical School (HMS) recently announced the transformation of the Division of Medical Ethics (DME) into the Center for Bioethics, a new independent center. Dr. Truog has been named the Director of the Center after having been a key member of the DME for the past 10 years. Under Dr. Truog’s leadership, the Center will continue the activities developed by the DME, including organizing “Medical Ethics and Professionalism,” a core required course for students, and overseeing the HMS fellowship in bioethics. In addition, the Center will be the home of a new master’s degree program in biomedical ethics which will begin in the fall of 2015.

Mary Robinson, MA, MDiv awarded David Weiner Award

Mary Rimageobinson (pictured at right with Dr. Kevin Churchwell, Boston Children’s Hospital Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer) and the Chaplaincy recently received a David Weiner Award, which provides a $30,000 grant to support a program that is making a difference in the community and the health care that it receives.

This year, the grant will allow the Chaplaincy to continue teaming up with PERCS in providing 4 more sessions of the Spiritual Generalist Training (SGTP) Program, one of the most popular PERCS offerings. The SGTP uses the PERCS methodology along with didactics on the ethics of spiritual care, taking a generalist level spiritual screen to identify resources of strength as well as areas of spiritual distress, to incorporate spiritual needs into the care plan, and to collaborate more effectively with chaplains.

Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN Presents at 7th World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey

elaineandopLast month, the Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care Congress held its 7th World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN,  pictured at left with Annalise Littman and Rebecca Burns from OPENPediatrics, was in Istanbul for the conference and presented three posters on behalf of several members of the IPEP team. The titles of the three posters, as well as links to the posters, can be found below.


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.

In October of 2013, IPEP proudly launched PERCS at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.  Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, was on site in Australia for this exciting milestone.  Due to the exceptional efforts of Melissa Heywood, and her colleagues, the inaugural workshops were a success.

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Difficult Conversations in Outpatient Pediatrics: Behavioral Health & the Family

Click here to learn more about and register for this unique workshop, which is being offered in association with Children’s Emotional HealthLink (CEHL).

Selected Articles

Courage, brains and heart: Lessons from the Wizard of Oz for difficult healthcare conversations
Meyer, EC

The “Open Letter”: Radiologists’ Reports in the Era of Patient Web Portals
Bruno MA, Pestcavage-Thomas JM, Mohr MJ, Bell SK, Brown SD

Come on little lady.
Howley MC

Integrating actors into a simulation program – a primer
Pascucci RC, Weinstock P, O’Connor BE, Fancy KM, Meyer EC

Difficult conversations in health care: Cultivating relational learning to address the hidden curriculum.
Browning DM, Meyer EC, Brodsky DD, Truog RD

PERCS Books & Films

Faculty Education Fellowship in Medical Humanism and Professionalism

PERCS Rounds

The Cardiovascular and Critical Care PERCS-Rounds (“When Worlds Intersect: Ethical Challenges in Cross Cultural Care“) will take place at 12pm on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Boston Children’s Hospital, facilitated by IPEP’s Elaine Meyer, Christine Rachwal and Mary Anne Bell.

PERCS – NICU Rounds (“Courage, Brains and Heart: Lessons from the Wizard of Oz for Difficult Healthcare Conversations“) will take place at 11am on Thursday, August 28, 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.

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.