Schwartz Rounds

The second Schwartz Center Educational Rounds of the 2018-2019 Academic Year will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018, in Shouse 322 and will discuss "Disclosing Medical Error." Paula Griswold, Executive Director at Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, will facilitate. This year's first Rounds were held on September 24, 2018, and discussed "Caring for Refugees."

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 were held four times in 2017-2018. The theme was "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, covered "Advocating for Social Justice."

September 24, 2018: Caring for Refugees

Assistant Professor Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, facilitated. View related literature.

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 
  • Jorge De Lozada Sanchez 
  • Suellen Breakey 
  • Inge Corless 
  • Kerry Kearns 
  • Meghan Viveiros 
  • Patricia Kelley-Nazzaro 
  • Maureen Flynn 
  • Emily Zeman 
  • Jennifer Rodriguez 
  • Jackie Audi 
  • Catherine Dam 
  • Lindsey Morris 
  • Christy Moore 
  • Katherine Cox 
  • Ashley Stern 
  • Zoe Blatt 
  • Anthony Fitzgerald Paredes 
  • Douglas McKell 
  • Julia Nadel