Agenda

Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.

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  • Saturday, October 28, 2017
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    Optional Pre-Course Activity

    2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Optional Pre-Course Event: Cultivating Compassion in the Art Museum Setting
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    This Pre-Course Event is not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    Fee  Optional 
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017
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    Break and Networking

    7:00 AM  -  7:45 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
     

    Morning Session

    7:45 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Welcome and Introduction
    Speaker:
     

    Plenary

    8:15 AM  -  9:15 AM
    Against Empathy
    Speaker:
     

    Break

    9:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Break
     

    Elective Workshops

    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Competencies for Collaborative Practice and Education:
    Building Compassionate Interprofessional Teams

    This interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring the relationship between interprofessional collaborative practice and delivery of compassionate patient-centered care. Building on the core competencies for collaborative practice defined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), workshop faculty will facilitate a case discussion based on their experience with dedicated education units aimed at making the interprofessional aspects of care delivery visible to learners and clinicians. Participants will, likewise, reflect on personal experience as a vehicle for a) examining together how current thinking about compassionate care and interprofessional collaborative practice intersect, and b) identifying lessons they can apply in clinical practice and health professions education.

     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Creating Culture Change: How to Be a Change Agent for Compassion on the Front Lines of Care
    Many of us become healthcare professionals because we are drawn to service on behalf of the health and wellbeing of others. So what can you do when you feel that the climate in your healthcare setting does not facilitate or support the expression of compassion and respect for others? The challenge feels daunting. But there are many small steps you can take that add up to significant change if you are committed to collaborating with others on behalf of these fundamental values. In this workshop, we will describe a model of change illustrated by an actual case, and help you apply this learning to your own settings through a series of questions to reflect upon and discuss with others in the workshop. Our goal is to empower you with some strategies you can use to create change in your own settings.
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Experiencing Narrative Medicine: Attention, Representation and Affiliation in Clinical Relationships
    Stories infuse the practice of medicine. But what can we as clinicians do with those stories? And, in the face of such stories – of pain, sorrow, even joy – how can we sustain authentic engagement with our patients, our colleagues, and ourselves? Narrative Medicine holds that by reflecting on such stories, clinicians can develop the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by stories in a way that can enhance clinical relationships and support self-care. In this workshop we will consider how stories function in the practice of medicine and enjoy an opportunity to write and reflect with colleagues about experiences of giving and receiving care. No writing experience is required.
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Finding Meaning & Purpose in Medicine
    In this workshop the group will reflect on the personal meaning of choosing a career in medicine (or healthcare). Using text and film, we will discuss strategies intended to nurture interest and maintain joy in clinical practice, and reflect on personal experiences and those shared by colleagues. We will discuss the rewards of work that is mission-driven and identify common threats that destabilize routines and upset work-life balance leading to self-doubt and burnout.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    The Science of Mindfulness & Compassion
    Mindfulness and compassion are powerful qualities for self-regulation and living well with others. Mechanistic studies of mindfulness and compassion are providing new insights, which can be applied in clinical practice and in our own lives. This interactive workshop brings current science to life through participant's own experience of brief mindfulness and compassion exercises. By pairing practice with clear explanations of the underpinnings in neuroscience, the speaker will offer participants an opportunity to understand the neural and physiologic effects of mindfulness and compassion. The workshop will provide a fresh perspective to clinicians, researchers, and any human who is curious about what is happening in their own body, brain, and mind.
     Optional 
     

    Break

    10:45 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Break
     

    Plenary

    11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Self-Compassion: Why Does It Matter?
    Speaker:
     

    Lunch

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    Optional Lunch Activity

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Meet the Professors
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Elective Workshops

    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Competencies for Collaborative Practice and Education:
    Building Compassionate Interprofessional Teams

    This interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring the relationship between interprofessional collaborative practice and delivery of compassionate patient-centered care. Building on the core competencies for collaborative practice defined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), workshop faculty will facilitate a case discussion based on their experience with dedicated education units aimed at making the interprofessional aspects of care delivery visible to learners and clinicians. Participants will, likewise, reflect on personal experience as a vehicle for a) examining together how current thinking about compassionate care and interprofessional collaborative practice intersect, and b) identifying lessons they can apply in clinical practice and health professions education.

     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Creating Culture Change: How to Be a Change Agent for Compassion on the Front Lines of Care
    Many of us become healthcare professionals because we are drawn to service on behalf of the health and wellbeing of others. So what can you do when you feel that the climate in your healthcare setting does not facilitate or support the expression of compassion and respect for others? The challenge feels daunting. But there are many small steps you can take that add up to significant change if you are committed to collaborating with others on behalf of these fundamental values. In this workshop, we will describe a model of change illustrated by an actual case, and help you apply this learning to your own settings through a series of questions to reflect upon and discuss with others in the workshop. Our goal is to empower you with some strategies you can use to create change in your own settings.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Experiencing Narrative Medicine: Attention, Representation and Affiliation in Clinical Relationships
    Stories infuse the practice of medicine. But what can we as clinicians do with those stories? And, in the face of such stories – of pain, sorrow, even joy – how can we sustain authentic engagement with our patients, our colleagues, and ourselves? Narrative Medicine holds that by reflecting on such stories, clinicians can develop the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by stories in a way that can enhance clinical relationships and support self-care. In this workshop we will consider how stories function in the practice of medicine and enjoy an opportunity to write and reflect with colleagues about experiences of giving and receiving care. No writing experience is required.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Finding Meaning & Purpose in Medicine
    In this workshop the group will reflect on the personal meaning of choosing a career in medicine (or healthcare). Using text and film, we will discuss strategies intended to nurture interest and maintain joy in clinical practice, and reflect on personal experiences and those shared by colleagues. We will discuss the rewards of work that is mission-driven and identify common threats that destabilize routines and upset work-life balance leading to self-doubt and burnout.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    The Science of Mindfulness & Compassion
    Mindfulness and compassion are powerful qualities for self-regulation and living well with others. Mechanistic studies of mindfulness and compassion are providing new insights, which can be applied in clinical practice and in our own lives. This interactive workshop brings current science to life through participant's own experience of brief mindfulness and compassion exercises. By pairing practice with clear explanations of the underpinnings in neuroscience, the speaker will offer participants an opportunity to understand the neural and physiologic effects of mindfulness and compassion. The workshop will provide a fresh perspective to clinicians, researchers, and any human who is curious about what is happening in their own body, brain, and mind.
     Optional 
     

    Break

    2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Break
     

    Elective Workshops

    2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Competencies for Collaborative Practice and Education:
    Building Compassionate Interprofessional Teams

    This interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring the relationship between interprofessional collaborative practice and delivery of compassionate patient-centered care. Building on the core competencies for collaborative practice defined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), workshop faculty will facilitate a case discussion based on their experience with dedicated education units aimed at making the interprofessional aspects of care delivery visible to learners and clinicians. Participants will, likewise, reflect on personal experience as a vehicle for a) examining together how current thinking about compassionate care and interprofessional collaborative practice intersect, and b) identifying lessons they can apply in clinical practice and health professions education.

     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Creating Culture Change: How to Be a Change Agent for Compassion on the Front Lines of Care
    Many of us become healthcare professionals because we are drawn to service on behalf of the health and wellbeing of others. So what can you do when you feel that the climate in your healthcare setting does not facilitate or support the expression of compassion and respect for others? The challenge feels daunting. But there are many small steps you can take that add up to significant change if you are committed to collaborating with others on behalf of these fundamental values. In this workshop, we will describe a model of change illustrated by an actual case, and help you apply this learning to your own settings through a series of questions to reflect upon and discuss with others in the workshop. Our goal is to empower you with some strategies you can use to create change in your own settings.
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Experiencing Narrative Medicine: Attention, Representation and Affiliation in Clinical Relationships
    Stories infuse the practice of medicine. But what can we as clinicians do with those stories? And, in the face of such stories – of pain, sorrow, even joy – how can we sustain authentic engagement with our patients, our colleagues, and ourselves? Narrative Medicine holds that by reflecting on such stories, clinicians can develop the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by stories in a way that can enhance clinical relationships and support self-care. In this workshop we will consider how stories function in the practice of medicine and enjoy an opportunity to write and reflect with colleagues about experiences of giving and receiving care. No writing experience is required.
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
    Finding Meaning & Purpose in Medicine
    In this workshop the group will reflect on the personal meaning of choosing a career in medicine (or healthcare). Using text and film, we will discuss strategies intended to nurture interest and maintain joy in clinical practice, and reflect on personal experiences and those shared by colleagues. We will discuss the rewards of work that is mission-driven and identify common threats that destabilize routines and upset work-life balance leading to self-doubt and burnout.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
    The Science of Compassion: Perspectives from Psychology, Neuroscience and Mind-Body Medicine
    This workshop will provide an overview of the nascent field of compassion research. We will review several recent studies measuring different aspects of compassion as well as intervention studies aimed at improving compassion based on meditation training.
     Optional 
     

    Break

    3:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Break
     

    Adjourn

    4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Networking & Cocktail Hour
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  •  

    Break and Networking

    7:00 AM  -  7:45 AM
    Breakfast and Registration OR Optional Meditation Session
    7:45 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Announcements
     

    Plenary

    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Training the Social and Compassionate Brain to Increase Resilience, Interconnectedness and Health
    Speaker:
     

    Break

    9:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    Break and Transition
     

    Elective Workshops

    9:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Conversations About Prognosis, Values and Preferences:
    Helping Patients and Clinicians Deepen Mutual Understanding

    In this interactive session, learners will how to assess prognostic awareness, how to help patients and families gain a deeper awareness of the likely illness trajectory and – as a result – find themselves better equipped and better informed to plan for the future.

     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Creating a Culture of Empathy to Improve the Patient Experience
    Dr. Helen Riess will present an interactive workshop based on the evidence-based empathy training she developed at MGH. This training, based on the neuroscience of empathy, was tested in pilot studies and a randomized controlled trial at MGH and proved that empathic skills can be learned by clinicians. Patients rated their clinicians higher on empathy scales after the brief empathy training period. Dr. Riess will present definitions of empathy, sympathy and compassion, as well as interventions to improve their expression.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Education for Compassion
    As educators, we have a dual goal of (1) teaching our learners to skillfully convey compassion to patients and their family members, and (2) conducting our teaching practice in a way that models compassionate communication in our own interactions with learners. In this workshop, we will describe and demonstrate evidence-based educational practices to teach and model compassion. We will learn about approaches to creating a safe and positive learning environment, and demonstrate ways to use role play to practice and enhance compassion in clinical encounters with patients and their families.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Fostering Compassion through the Arts and Humanities
    This experiential workshop will be led by faculty from the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative. We will explore the rich possibilities for using visual art to cultivate compassion among healthcare professionals. Participants will come away with conceptual underpinnings and practical methods for using art to promote reflection, foster empathy, enhance perspective, build relationships and prevent burnout.
     Optional 
    9:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    The Impact of Unconscious Bias on Healthcare
    This workshop will discuss how implicit or unconscious preferences impact our personal and professional relationships and either promote or interfere with practicing compassion in medicine. Participants will develop strategies to mitigate against the unconscious preferences that we all have and thus be able to increase their practice of equitable compassion in medicine.
     Optional 
     

    Break

    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Break
     

    Elective Workshops

    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Conversations About Prognosis, Values and Preferences:
    Helping Patients and Clinicians Deepen Mutual Understanding

    In this interactive session, learners will how to assess prognostic awareness, how to help patients and families gain a deeper awareness of the likely illness trajectory and – as a result – find themselves better equipped and better informed to plan for the future.

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Creating a Culture of Empathy to Improve the Patient Experience
    Dr. Helen Riess will present an interactive workshop based on the evidence-based empathy training she developed at MGH. This training, based on the neuroscience of empathy, was tested in pilot studies and a randomized controlled trial at MGH and proved that empathic skills can be learned by clinicians. Patients rated their clinicians higher on empathy scales after the brief empathy training period. Dr. Riess will present definitions of empathy, sympathy and compassion, as well as interventions to improve their expression.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Education for Compassion
    As educators, we have a dual goal of (1) teaching our learners to skillfully convey compassion to patients and their family members, and (2) conducting our teaching practice in a way that models compassionate communication in our own interactions with learners. In this workshop, we will describe and demonstrate evidence-based educational practices to teach and model compassion. We will learn about approaches to creating a safe and positive learning environment, and demonstrate ways to use role play to practice and enhance compassion in clinical encounters with patients and their families.
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Fostering Compassion through the Arts and Humanities
    This experiential workshop will be led by faculty from the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative. We will explore the rich possibilities for using visual art to cultivate compassion among healthcare professionals. Participants will come away with conceptual underpinnings and practical methods for using art to promote reflection, foster empathy, enhance perspective, build relationships and prevent burnout.
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    The Impact of Unconscious Bias on Healthcare
    This workshop will discuss how implicit or unconscious preferences impact our personal and professional relationships and either promote or interfere with practicing compassion in medicine. Participants will develop strategies to mitigate against the unconscious preferences that we all have and thus be able to increase their practice of equitable compassion in medicine.
     Optional 
     

    Lunch

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    Optional Lunch Activity

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Meet the Professors
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Plenary

    1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Compassion, Empathy and Resilience: Threading the Needle
    Speaker:
     

    Afternoon Session

    2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Moderated Conversation and Q&A
     

    Break

    3:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Break
     

    Elective Workshops

    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Conversations About Prognosis, Values and Preferences:
    Helping Patients and Clinicians Deepen Mutual Understanding

    In this interactive session, learners will how to assess prognostic awareness, how to help patients and families gain a deeper awareness of the likely illness trajectory and – as a result – find themselves better equipped and better informed to plan for the future.

     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Creating a Culture of Empathy to Improve the Patient Experience
    Dr. Helen Riess will present an interactive workshop based on the evidence-based empathy training she developed at MGH. This training, based on the neuroscience of empathy, was tested in pilot studies and a randomized controlled trial at MGH and proved that empathic skills can be learned by clinicians. Patients rated their clinicians higher on empathy scales after the brief empathy training period. Dr. Riess will present definitions of empathy, sympathy and compassion, as well as interventions to improve their expression.
    Speaker:
     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Education for Compassion
    As educators, we have a dual goal of (1) teaching our learners to skillfully convey compassion to patients and their family members, and (2) conducting our teaching practice in a way that models compassionate communication in our own interactions with learners. In this workshop, we will describe and demonstrate evidence-based educational practices to teach and model compassion. We will learn about approaches to creating a safe and positive learning environment, and demonstrate ways to use role play to practice and enhance compassion in clinical encounters with patients and their families.
     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Fostering Compassion through the Arts and Humanities
    This experiential workshop will be led by faculty from the Harvard Medical School Arts and Humanities Initiative. We will explore the rich possibilities for using visual art to cultivate compassion among healthcare professionals. Participants will come away with conceptual underpinnings and practical methods for using art to promote reflection, foster empathy, enhance perspective, build relationships and prevent burnout.
     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    The Impact of Unconscious Bias on Healthcare
    This workshop will discuss how implicit or unconscious preferences impact our personal and professional relationships and either promote or interfere with practicing compassion in medicine. Participants will develop strategies to mitigate against the unconscious preferences that we all have and thus be able to increase their practice of equitable compassion in medicine.
     Optional 
     

    Adjourn

    4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Course Impact and Take-homes
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