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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

Professor Diane Smith, PhD, OTR/L facilitated a discussion with student speakers Emily Thatcher, MPAS ’18, and Stephanie Campbell, OTD ’18. View handouts. Watch video.

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). Watch video

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. Watch video.

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. Watch video.

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

CJ Kiskanyan, DPT '16, Maria Margardia Fonseca de Almeida Guerra, DPT '19, and Yung-En Perng, DPT '19, spoke, and Instructor Patricia Kelley-Nazzaro, MS, CCC-SLP, facilitated. Watch video.

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

Sarah Nowak, MPAS ’17, Rebecca Pham, DPT ‘16, and alumna Kenya Palmer, MSN ’13, presented, and Assistant Professor Sara Knox, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, facilitated. Watch video presentation.

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

Presented by student Dana Casparian and Clinical Assistant Professor Anne McCarthy Jacobson, DPT, MS, NCS. Facilitated by Professor Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP. Watch video presentation.

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

Facilitated by School of Nursing Professor Inge Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN. Watch video presentation.

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.

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