To promote relational learning for health care professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice
Melissa Heywood awarded the Dame Elisabeth Nursing Development Scholarship
Melissa 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 Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice is a 1-day faculty development course that will be offered three times in 2014 – on Saturday, March 8, 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
We 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
IPEP 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.
David M. Browning, MSW, BCD, FT interviewed by Medical Ethics Advisor
In the December 2013 issue of the Medical Ethics Advisor, IPEP’s Senior Scholar Emeritus, David Browning, MSW, BCD, FT, was interviewed about a shift in the way some hospitals and health care systems now approach medical errors.
The article, entitled “Disclosure of medical mistakes becoming the new cultural norm in health care: Ethics at forefront,” focuses on the importance of developing policies, procedures, resources, and training modules to prepare clinicians to disclose medical errors of any severity. Browning specifically addressed this point in terms of the patient-clinician relationship, saying “failure to communicate at these times can erode the patient’s trust.” To read the full article, please click here.
PERCS-Radiology recognized by the American College of Radiology
In a recent article published in the October 2013 issue of the ACR Bulletin, PERCS-Radiology is featured as an innovative educational model for teaching interpersonal and communication skills to Radiology professionals. Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN, IPEP’s Director, and Stephen Brown, MD, the Director of PERCS-Radiology, were interviewed and are quoted in the article, entitled “Class Act.” To read the full article, please click here.
“Doctor, what would you do if it was your child?”
In a recent post on Boston Children’s Hospital’s pediatric health blog, Dr. Truog addresses when parents and families ask clinicians this question. He writes, “When I teach our young physicians at Boston Children’s, I always tell them that they must approach this question very carefully. Instead of answering it simply and literally, they should use the question as an invitation to explore the values and beliefs of the parents… When doctors and nurses approach the question in this way, we can be much more confident that the decision the parents make will be the right one for their child and themselves.“ Read more
To read an article that Dr. Truog and his colleagues, Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, Giulia Lamiani, MEd, MS, and Marjorie Rosenthal Foer, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, recently published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, titled, “‘What would you do if this were your child?’: Practitioners’ responses during enacted conversations in the United States,” click here.
New educational film now available
We are pleased to announce that copies of the film “Organ Donation after Circulatory Death” are now available. This film was created by IPEP in partnership with the New England Organ Bank as an educational tool to support the growing practice of Organ Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD). The purpose of the film is to sensitize and educate hospital-based practitioners about the underlying ethical issues and the continuum of family-staff conversations that unfold as part of the DCD process. If you are interested in ordering a copy of the film, please click here.
Medical Error Book Published
We are pleased to announce the publication of Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error. The book is authored by IPEP Executive Director Robert Truog, MD and IPEP Senior Scholar David Browning, MSW, with co-authors Judy Johnson, JD, and Thomas Gallagher, MD, and includes a forward written by Lucian Leape, MD. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press in December 2010, the book is a guide to innovative education and thoughtful clinical practice in this challenging area of clinical and organizational practice. To read more, or for ordering information and discount, Click here.
Our book will soon be available in Italian! Stay tuned for more information…
Medical Education Book Published
We are delighted to announce the publication of A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, Second Edition. IPEP’s Director of Academic Programs, Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, authored the book with co-author Ruth Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME. David Leach, MD, former Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), wrote the foreword. The book provides research, best practices, strategies and tools for teaching and assessing the core medical education competencies required for residency programs, many medical schools, accreditation organizations, and specialty and licensing boards in the US and internationally. To read more, or for ordering information and discount, click here.