Past Years' Schwartz Rounds
In 2007 as part of a conference on compassionate care at the Institute, a companion book for families experiencing the uncertainty of a serious and prolonged illness: Maintaining Compassionate Care was published.
Education Rounds Topics Past Years
April 2, 2018: Advocating for Social Justice
April 10, 2017: Navigating Hierarchy Among Health Professionals
Reem Mohamad, MS-SLP '17, and Melania Booth, MPAS '18, spoke, facilitated by Jenny Rudolph, PhD, Executive Director of Center for Medical Simulation, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Watch video.
February 27, 2017: Providing Care to Transgender Patients
Antonia Makosky, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, facilitated the discussion. Watch video.
November 28, 2016: Reconciling Western and Non-Western Medicine
Presenters included Mind Body Spirit Certificate alumnae Mandi Coakley ’16 and Jane Flanagan ’16, Laura Vinci de Vanegas, DPT ’06, and student Rebecca Outland, OTD ’18. Facilitating was OT Professor Susan Fasoli. Watch video.
September 26, 2016: Overcoming Linguistic Barriers to Care
Caring For Patients with a Substance Abuse Disorder: April 4, 2016
Students Natalie Albrittain-Ross, MS-SLP ‘16, Hannah Kobett, MPAS ‘17, and Diana Remlinger, MSN ’16, reflected on managing bias in caring for a patient with substance abuse disorder. Sarah Coughlin, LICSW, of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition moderated. Watch video presentation.
Caring for Patients who are Obese: February 29, 2016
Caring for a Patient who is Homeless: November 9, 2015
Katie Atmatzidis (OT), Ellie Wheeler (OT), and Cody Desouza (Nursing) presented, and Assistant Professor of Nursing Eileen Searle facilitated. Watch video presentation.
Caring for Patients with Mental Illness: September 28, 2015
Students Howard Yan and Beth "B" McKee presented, and Nursing faculty Susan Stevens presented. Watch video presentation.
End of Life Care for Patients with Dementia: April 1, 2015
Presented by third-year Master of Science in Nursing students Emily Palmer and Jonathan DeWeese. Facilitated by Associate Professor Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC. Watch video presentation.
Using Technology and Music to Assist Patients and Clients with Dementia: February 11, 2015
Presented by Doctor of Occupational Therapy students Cora Finley and Nicolette Blanc, along with Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology student Natsumi Asanuma. Facilitated by Jacques Mohr Professor of Geriatric Nursing Research Diane Mahoney, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN. Watch video presentation.
Supporting Families and Caregivers of Patients with Dementia: November 3, 2014
Presented by Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing students Roberta Villani and Javier Rivera. Facilitated by Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation Professor Lynn Foord, PhD, MEd, PT. Watch video presentation.
Caring for Patients with Dementia: Overcoming the Stigma: September 29, 2014
Presented by DPT students Mary Chaput and Corianne Oliver. Facilitated by School of Nursing Associate Professor Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC. Watch video presentation.
Treating a High-Profile Patient While Responding to the Media: April 9, 2014
Caring for the Perpetrators of Trauma: February 19, 2014
Presented by students Leigh Pescatore and Melissa Pedraza. Facilitated by Chris Carter, PsyD. Watch video presentation.
Resilience in Caring for Victims of Mass Violence: November 25, 2013
Presented by students Ayana Robertson and Laura Cline. Watch video presentation.
Responding to the Boston Marathon with Compassion: September 30, 2013
Bridging the Generational Gap in Health Care: March 27, 2013
Presented by Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology student Lisa Bloom, and Master of Science in Physical Therapy student Hemali Mehta, facilitated by Department of Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor Angelique Dirkes, DPT, MS.
Engaging LGBT Elders: January 30, 2013
Bob Linscott, assistant director at the Boston-based LGBT Aging project led a discussion on how emerging health care professionals can have a major impact on helping older gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender residents become more engaged with their community.
Screening and Discussion of Gen Silent, November 26, 2012
Gen Silent is the new LGBT documentary from award-winning director and documentary filmmaker Stu Maddux that explores issues of bullying and discrimination within the health care system of older adults in the LGBT community.
A growing number of people are working to protect LGBT older adults and caregivers. Gen Silent offers hope and new models of care that are taking place here in Massachusetts. Gen Silent helps raise awareness so that our LGBT older adults can have a greater chance to live and age in safety, with dignity and respect.
Finding Compassion, February 1, 2012
Students Jencie McDavid, 2012 Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology candidate, and Lauren Greb, 2013 Master of Science in Nursing Candidate, led a discussion on how to find compassion when caring for challenging patients.
Planner/Facilitator: Patricia Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor School of Nursing
"Therapeutic Use of Self: How Much is Too Much?" October 24, 2011
Planner/Facilitator: Judith Webb, DNP, Adult and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, presented effective interpersonal communications strategies and discussed some of the differences between therapeutic and social interactions.
Creating Compassionate Connections. March 30, 2011
Barbara Moscowitz, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker, Department of Social Services and Geriatric Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Jo Shapiro, MD, Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Director, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, Brigham and Women's Hospital, lead a discussion on creating compassionate connections with your patients.
The Therapeutic Use of Self: How Much is Too Much? February 2, 2011
The relationship between a health care professional and patient or client is the foundation on which health care is provided. Therapeutic use of the self is the ability to use one's personality consciously and in full awareness to establish relatedness and to structure interventions for the benefit of the patient.
Facilitator Judith Webb, CNP, Adult and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor School of Nursing and presenters Sofia Vallila, MS, PhD candidate 2011, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology; Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology; MGH Institute, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Kim Sonderland, FNP Candidate 2011, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing discuss effective interpersonal communications strategies, and some of the differences between therapeutic and social interactions.
Computers and Compassion: November 15, 2010
The use of technology such as email, mobile phones, and Skype may increase access to health care and timelier diagnoses, and may expand access to ongoing education and training.
Yet, little is known about the impact of these modes of communication on the provision of compassionate care.
Participants and facilitator Carolyn Locke, Dean of Student Affairs, explored the challenges posed by providing care via virtual communication.
Overcoming "static" to really listen to your patients: October 04, 2010
Hearing is the ability of the ear to sense sounds. In contrast, active listening requires a conscious effort to hear not only the words that another person is saying, but more importantly, to understand the total message being sent.
Listening can be especially challenging for new clinicians who may be preoccupied with new skills, time constraints, and fear of saying the wrong thing.
Participants and moderator Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, Associate Professor explored the issue of listening and discuss strategies for reducing static in our own minds and in our work environments that can impede effective listening.
Compassion Fatigue: When you don't have any more to give: April 07, 2010
Compassion fatigue is defined as physical, emotional or spiritual exhaustion caused by constant outputting of compassion and caring to others without sufficient personal replenishment to feel that the world is a hopeful place.
Participants and moderator Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, Associate Professor considered whether individuals have a limitless supply of compassion. Can we prevent our compassion from running dry? How can we sustain and refill our ability to care?
Cultural Humility and Compassionate Care: Caring for patients with different cultural backgrounds: February 24, 2010
How can you be compassionate when you are challenged by a patient with a different cultural background, leading to different behavioral expectations?
Participants, moderator Calvin Hill, Chief Diversity Officer, and guest presenter Dilshad Farheen Sulaiman, PT, MS Candidate 2010, explored personally held values and beliefs about cultural differences and how they may play out in our interactions with patients.