Course Description

Compassion for others and ourselves refreshes and sustains our sense of joy and purpose in our work. Research shows that empathy, compassion, and interventions to strengthen the clinician-patient relationship are associated with positive health outcomes and care experiences for patients as well as a sense of reward, positive emotions and resilience among clinicians. This Compassion in Practice course will enable you to develop a sophisticated and deep understanding of the science and art of compassion. The course is designed to equip you with knowledge and solid skills to practice compassion with patients, families, and colleagues and to help you sustain your own personal well-being.

You will learn from internationally recognized researchers in affective neuroscience and the social psychology of emotions along with innovators and experts in the clinical, educational, and interprofessional practice of compassion. Interactive workshops and discussions will provide opportunities to experience, practice, and reflect with others on the many facets of the compassion. This engaging format will offer participants scientific and personal insights into emotion recognition, self-regulation and the impact of implicit bias on our interactions. Expert plenary speakers and workshop leaders will help participants hone skills for communicating with patients and families, sustaining compassion for self and others in the face of suffering, offering interprofessional compassion and conflict resolution, teaching empathy and compassion and much more.

Everyone who values the importance of compassion in their work with patients and colleagues, or as a source of personal happiness and purpose are invited to attend this course. Our aspiration is that you will leave inspired to deepen your capacity for compassion in your own life, and will have a keen understanding of the scientific underpinnings of compassionate practice and its impact on patients, families and healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize recent advances in the psychology and neuroscience of empathy and compassion as they inform clinical practice
  • Articulate the knowledge and values, and demonstrate the skills necessary to develop effective, compassionate and collaborative interprofessional teamwork
  • Practice and demonstrate compassionate and collaborative communication skills during challenging conversations with patients, families and interprofessional colleagues
  • Incorporate strategies for self-reflection, mindfulness and self-compassion to sustain personal wellbeing

Target Audience

This course is targeted to:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Specialty Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Practitioners

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism

IOM Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:

  • Provide Patient-Centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams

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