PEBT

farrells

Susan Farrell

Photo of Dr. Susan E. Farrell

Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM, is Director of Continuing and Professional Development in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation at the MGH Institute.

Dr. Farrell graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in engineering, and earned her MD at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1990. Her clinical training was in emergency medicine and medical toxicology, both at The Medical College of Pennsylvania.

She has worked in medical education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) for almost 20 years, as the Director of Student Programs and the Emergency Medicine Clerkship at Brigham and Women's Hospital for seven years, and as a course tutor and lecturer at HMS. She completed her Masters in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008, with a focus on assessment and evaluation methods.

Dr. Farrell has been a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and faculty and steering committee member of the Harvard Macy Educator courses. She is the Director of the comprehensive clinical skills OSCE examination at HMS, and worked as an educator in the Partners Healthcare Office for Graduate Medical Education and a Program Director at Partners Healthcare International (PHI).

At PHI, Dr. Farrell created and implemented faculty development programs in undergraduate, post-graduate, and interprofessional clinical curriculum and assessment methods. Her international work includes the development of resident-teacher programs in New Zealand, the creation of interprofessional programs in Singapore, the design of new post-graduate training programs, and physician curriculum development for a hospital system in India.

Dr. Farrell’s interests are in curriculum development, methods for assessing clinical skills and program evaluation, and interprofessional faculty development related to clinical teaching and assessment skills. In 2016, she joined the MGH Institute as the Director of Continuing and Professional Development, responsible for the oversight and support of internal continuing education endeavors, as well as the development of new external professional development initiatives.

 

Blog Posts by Susan Farrell

Nov 15, 2016

Interprofessional Education

It is always stunning and almost beautiful to see experienced and passionate care providers come to know and respect each other across a professional discipline education divide.  We enter these learning experiences willingly; but perhaps with some trepidation and defense of our individual professional identities.  We are, after all, experienced and expert in our own uni-professional knowledge, steeped in our professional culture and beliefs about how we contribute to our patients’ interests...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/interprofessional-education-0
Dec 21, 2016

Thoughts on the relationship between developing teaching skills and patient care.

Thoughts on the relationship between developing teaching skills and patient care:  How does being a great teacher translate into being a great and compassionate clinician?  It can and it does! This month was the fourth successful year of the Post-Graduate Trainees:  Future Academic Clinician-Educators course, a four-way collaborative effort sponsored by the...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/thoughts-relationship-between-developing-teaching-skills-and-patient-care
Jan 30, 2017

What can we achieve with Interprofessional Continuing Education?

“Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (ACCME, ACPE,ANCC, 2015)

In April, 2016, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsored a Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited Provider organizations that offer...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/what-can-we-achieve-interprofessional-continuing-education
Feb 28, 2017

The Impact of IMPACT Practice®: one faculty member’s reactions.

QUESTION: What’s an effective way for health professions faculty to appreciate the power and importance of interprofessional education and development?

ANSWER: Watch and contribute to an interprofessional student team’s first patient-centered interview.

The IMPACT Practice® curriculum, initiated in 2013 and directed by Dr. Mary Knab, is an overarching approach to incorporating the principles of interprofessional learning, setting the stage for...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/impact-impact-practice%C2%AE-one-faculty-member%E2%80%99s-reactions
Apr 5, 2017

Making Interprofessional Competency “Visible”

We are having a conversation.  I am a physician and you are a physical therapist, both of us clinical educators, both of us invested in actively promoting interprofessional (IP) education and understanding on behalf of IP collaborative practice.  We know the competency domains for IP collaboration, we mutually share them as a vision for how we teach and work with health professions students and faculty.  But, is our role-modeling of IP communication and collaboration sufficient to make IP...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/making-interprofessional-competency-%E2%80%9Cvisible%E2%80%9D
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: January 2018

There is nothing like sitting at the foot of a family member’s hospital bed and watching everyone and everything that happens around your family member to bring into sharp focus the complexity of our healthcare system and the reality of a multi-professional healthcare workforce:  physicians, nursing staff, IV nurses, nursing assistants, nurse practitioners, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians:  and that’s in the span of five days. 

Through the eyes...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-january-2018
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: September 2017

Reflections on the HEAVY LIFTING of Team Development

Imagine 80° temperatures, high humidity, five IHP health professions students and their faculty preceptor, squeezed into an Uber, along with rakes, brooms, work gloves, and yard bags:  for 45 minutes in heavy Boston traffic.

Topics of discussion: Boston traffic, living in Boston, commuting to IHP, college and work experiences, professional interests that brought them to their individual programs, shared fun interests,...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-september-2017
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: May 2017

"Professional Identity" and Interprofessional Collaboration

It’s graduation season and after years of training, clinical assessments, and final exams, we have celebrated the passage of another group of health professionals’ entries into the next phase of their clinical growth and development as care providers and patient advocates; the various regalia colors: apricot, light blue, teal, hunter green, all symbols of the chosen professions into which these graduates are entering....Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-may-2017
Nov 14, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: April 2017

Finding and Filling the “GAPS” in Developing Interprofessional Faculty Teachers

Whether within our own institution, across our collaborations with other institutions, regionally or internationally, our work in fostering interprofessional (IP) faculty development routinely uncovers recurring “gaps”. These gaps are not individual or professional flaws or insurmountable challenges to IP faculty development, but relatively common themes that must be understood and addressed to create...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-april-2017
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: March 2017

Making Interprofessional Competency “Visible”

We are having a conversation.  I am a physician and you are a physical therapist, both of us clinical educators, both of us invested in actively promoting interprofessional (IP) education and understanding on behalf of IP collaborative practice.  We know the competency domains for IP collaboration, we mutually share them as a vision for how we teach and work with health professions students and faculty.  But, is our role-modeling of IP...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-march-2017
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: February 2017

The Impact of IMPACT Practice®: one faculty member’s reaction

Question: What’s an effective way for health professions faculty to appreciate the power and importance of interprofessional education and development?

Answer: Watch and contribute to an interprofessional student team’s first patient-centered interview.

Facilitating and debriefing a simulated patient encounter is probably common for many health professions educators today. ...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-february-2017
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Education Blog: January 2017

What Can We Achieve with Interprofessional Continuing Education

“Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (ACCME, ACPE,ANCC, 2015)

In April 2016, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsored a Leadership...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-education-blog-january-2017
Jul 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: December 2016

Thoughts on the relationship between developing teaching skills and patient care

How does being a great teacher translate into being a great and compassionate clinician?  It can and it does!

This month was the fourth successful year of the Post-Graduate Trainees:  Future Academic Clinician-Educators...Read more

https://www.mghihp.edu/blog/continuing-and-professional-development-blog-december-2016