A New Chapter for IPEP

Dear Friends:

For the last 17 years, the IPEP community has been devoted to advancing the field of provider-patient communication during some of the most difficult health and medical circumstances.  We have been honored to have served thousands of providers, departments, and institutions and to have played a part in shifting medical culture in this country and abroad towards a more empathic, transparent, and compassionate one.

We are saddened to be ending the operations of IPEP as an independent entity within Boston Children’s Hospital, as of June 30, 2020.  However, we are heartened that much of IPEP’s educational programming will be continuing. Many IPEP workshops will be integrated into the operations of the Simulation Program (SIMPeds) at the hospital. SIMPeds provides essential and life-like rehearsal to optimize outcomes for clinicians, staff, patients, and caregivers.

IPEP is no stranger to SIMPeds as we have collaborated on many projects in the past and are confident that the transition will be a smooth one.  We also believe there are many synergies between our two programs and are excited at the prospect of taking difficult communication programming to areas we had not had the opportunity to explore in the past.

Many familiar faces, staff, faculty, and actors will be integrated into the SIMPeds operations. Dr. Stephen Brown, our outgoing director, will be continuing his clinical work with the Dept. of Radiology, his teaching in the medical school and Center for Bioethics, Disclosure and Apology training, educational consultation, and other scholarly activities exploring the interface of communication with ethics and professionalism. We thank him for his deep devotion and commitment to IPEP as well as to the field of medical ethics and communication as a whole.

On behalf of all of us at IPEP, we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to you for being with us on this journey.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.

If you have questions, please contact:

Sylvia Lewinstein, MPA
Program Administrative Manager

Email:  ipep@childrens.harvard.edu