Schwartz Rounds

In 2003 the MGH Institute became the first school in the country to initiate Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Educational Rounds, a multidisciplinary forum where the next generation of caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center promotes pioneering programs to educate, train and support caregivers in the art of compassionate care. The Center was created in 1995 by health care attorney Kenneth Schwartz shortly before he died of lung cancer at the age of 40.

The educational "Rounds" format at the Institute provide students, faculty, alumni, and staff with an opportunity to engage in interprofessional dialogue on important issues that advance a compassionate approach to patient care. Participants are invited to engage in self-reflections and reflective dialogue with their peers.

Schwartz Center Education Rounds will be held four times in 2017-2018. The theme is "Social Determinants of Health and Health Care Delivery." The first Rounds, on September 25, 2017, covered "Social Determinants of Native Health." The second Rounds, on November 6, 2017, covered "When the Patient is Prejudiced." The third Rounds, on February 26, 2018, covered "Caring Beyond The Box: Health for People who Identify as Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming." The fourth rounds, on April 2, 2018, will cover "Advocating for Social Justice."

February 26, 2018: Caring Beyond The Box: Health for People who Identify as Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming

Lisa Keegan, NP ‘16, spoke at the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Educational Rounds. View resources (Word doc) and LGTBQIA terminology (PDF).

November 6, 2017: When the Patient is Prejudiced

Facilitated by Brian French, Director of the Blum Patient Family Learning Center. Speakers: Manny Acheampong, PT student, and Jennifer Mackey, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistant Director of External Clinical Education. View related literature.

September 25, 2017: Social Determinants of Native Health

Facilitated by Matt Tobey MD, MPH, Associate Director, Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership Faculty Director, Crimson Care Collaborative at Nashua Street Jail Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Student speakers were: Sylvia Brandenberg, PA, Marguerite Conners, OT, Daniel McGuire, PA, Julia Scott, Nursing. View related literature.

See previous years' Schwartz Rounds videos.

Interprofessional Activities Committee


  • Peter Cahn, Chair
  • Christen Curry
  • Jorge Sanchez De Lozada
  • Inge Corless
  • Kerry Kearns
  • Meg Viveiros
  • Pat Kelley Nazzaro
  • Maureen Flynn
  • Emily Zeman
  • Amanda Hoegen
  • Scott McIntyre
  • Jacqueline Santa Iglesia
  • Haley Harrison
  • Tina Lai
  • Kayley Fleming
  • Susan Carpenter
  • Heather Easter